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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Dogs bound into action for slice of Cumbria country life

HOUNDS and birds of prey were among the big attractions at a west Cumbria show over the bank holiday.

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Black Combe Country Fair drew more than 1,000 people on bank holiday Monday.

Falconry Days entertained visitors with their display in the main ring at the Bootle show field.

Classes for beagles, foxhounds, gun dogs, terriers, lurchers and whippets were well supported by the public.

The Supreme Championship prize was awarded to a labrador this year.

Next year the show is looking to introduce a class for pet beagles due to popular demand.

The public enjoyed testing their gun dogs around a new scurry course event, while their was also lurcher and terrier races and fun races for dogs of all types. There was also a demonstration of whippet racing.

Children were well catered for with sports events and craft activities put on by Captain Shaw’s CE Primary School.

Visitors could also view vintage cars, static engines and agricultural engines.

There was also a range of trade stands on the field and refreshments on sale.

Show secretary Sandra Cummings said: “We were really pleased with the turnout. It was a bit grey and windy but the show was quite busy. The car park was full and we had to open another field for parking.

“We’ve had good feedback. The traders want to come back again next year.

“Overall it was a very successful day.

“We are already planning for next year’s show.”

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