Crowds flock to celebrate Melton’s rural heritage

Melstrum entertain with their ukeleles. PHOTO: Tim Williams
Melstrum entertain with their ukeleles. PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Several thousand visitors enjoyed an action-packed day out at Melton Country Fair on Sunday.

Despite the uncertain weather, organisers Leicestershire Food Links estimated about 5,000 people attended this year to celebrate our rural heritage.

Clowning around at the Punch and Judy.  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Clowning around at the Punch and Judy. PHOTO: Tim Williams

Families and visitors of all ages were treated to a day full of countryside fun in the Town Estate parks. This year’s highlights included The Knights of Nottingham display, falconry display, family dog show and a Flyball demonstration.

Another hit this year was an animal display from White Post Farm including pigs, sheep, goats and hawks.

Sallie Hooper, of Leicestershire Food Links, who helped organise the event, said: “We had some of the worst weather we’ve ever had before in the morning but that didn’t dappen visitors’ spirits who came in the afternoon and seemed to stay the duration.

“There was a real buzz about the place this year and for me one of the highlights included the Knights of Nottingham who performed some jousting. Other attractions which proved popular amongst the crowds were the children’s rides, beekeepers tent, live music and bands throughout the day and the open mic session put on by the Noels Arms.

Junior beekeepers get the buzz in the Leics and Rutland Beekeepers tent.  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Junior beekeepers get the buzz in the Leics and Rutland Beekeepers tent. PHOTO: Tim Williams

She added: “Next year we’d really like to develop our links further by engaging more community groups, including shops and some of the local primary schools. It would be nice to see some maypole dancing or scarecrow competitions.”

Proceeds raised at the fair go to local charities, with this year’s fundraising recipients including the local Air Ambulance and Round Table.

Volunteers from the crowd help out with the sheepdog demonstration. PHOTO: Tim Williams

Volunteers from the crowd help out with the sheepdog demonstration. PHOTO: Tim Williams

James Silcox and Helen Lee get in the medieval spirit.  PHOTO: Tim Williams

James Silcox and Helen Lee get in the medieval spirit. PHOTO: Tim Williams

Nicola Hartland displays their pies from their vintage delivery van.  PHOTO: Tim Williams

Nicola Hartland displays their pies from their vintage delivery van. PHOTO: Tim Williams

5 year old Rocco Charles scales the heights on the RockBloc. 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

5 year old Rocco Charles scales the heights on the RockBloc. 'PHOTO: Tim Williams