Families flock to have fun in the sun at Sheffield park

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Families flocked to a sunny Sheffield park for the 12th annual Highland Fling.

Breeder Stephen Burnett travelled from West Yorkshire with two of his cows, Leigh and Cassie, to take part in the show at Graves Park in Norton.

Highland Fling 2015 Graves Park Sheffield'The crowds gather in the spring sunshine at Graves Park'Picture Dean Atkins

Highland Fling 2015 Graves Park Sheffield'The crowds gather in the spring sunshine at Graves Park'Picture Dean Atkins

He spent more two hours preparing his animals for the show, shampooing and combing the cows’ long hair.

He said: “I don’t mind if I don’t win, I’m just here to enjoy the day.

“It’s the taking part that counts and showing people where their meat is coming from.”

Graves Park Animal Farm was open to the public with falconry shows, ferret racing and a dog show competing for visitors’ attention.

Highland Fling 2015 Graves Park Sheffield'Hundreds of people gather to watch the ferret racing'Picture Dean Atkins

Highland Fling 2015 Graves Park Sheffield'Hundreds of people gather to watch the ferret racing'Picture Dean Atkins

There was also a children’s fun fair, playground and land train as well as a farmers’ market.

Sheep-shearing demonstrations were particually popular.

Richard Scofield, a sheep-shearing instructor from the British Wool Marketing Board, said:“We are trying to get more people involved in agriculture and to get them to see where their wool comes from.

“We want to make the market better for everyone and events like this are important for that.”