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Lurchers and ferrets at North Norfolk Country Fair

PUBLISHED: 21:54 24 May 2015 | UPDATED: 21:54 24 May 2015

North Norfolk Country Fair at Weybourne at the George Weston Community Filed in the village - 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

North Norfolk Country Fair at Weybourne at the George Weston Community Filed in the village - Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2015

Lurcher racing proved a popular new addition to this year’s North Norfolk Country Fair.

The event, now in its eighth year, attracted about 4,000 people to the village’s community field today, although afternoon rain saw many make an early departure.

Regular favourites included ferret racing, a gun dog scurry, and the North Norfolk Harriers who brought along hunt hounds to meet the public.

Local arts, crafts and produce were on sale and there was live music from The Wild Rovers shanty and folk group, and the Smokehouse Blue Jazz Band.

A classic car show, and children’s rides were also popular draws.

The Real Allied History Group performed battle re-enactments and were based around a Second World War pillbox which is being restored, paid for by country fair organisers The Weybourne Community Fund.

Fund chairman Keith Morley said the charity had raised about £100,000 since it was launched in 1995.

The country fair was now its biggest event and he hoped this year’s would add about £7,000-£8,000 to the pot.

All fund monies are spent within the parish and, as a result, Weybourne now enjoys free annual events including a children’s Christmas party, an over-60s’ Christmas lunch, an Easter egg hunt and summer barbecue.

Cash is also used to support village churches, clubs and societies.

Mr Morley said residents turned out in force to support fundraisers and he estimated abut half the village had been at today’s country fair.

“If you talk to anybody in Weybourne they will tell you it’s a close community that looks after each other. Event like this build the community support which seems to be a strength here,” he added.

The fund’s next event will be a Fun Day in the field on August 30 from 10am-5pm, including children’s races, Punch and Judy, and a fun dog show.

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