Country fair hailed a roaring success

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SUNSHINE helped to ensure Chatsworth Country Fair proved the saviour of the summer.

The grounds of the stately home welcomed around 90,000 people over Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the annual celebration.

And with a Best of British theme capitalising on the patriotism brought about by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, crowds turned out in force to lap up the mixture of agriculture, tradition and old-fashioned entertainment.

One of the biggest crowd-pullers was an appearance by the British Red Arrows, who took to the skies to captivate the crowds on the ground below.

Christopher Lloyd-Owen, fair organiser, said: “It was brilliant. The feedback we’ve had on our Facebook page has been fantastic. We thought it was a cracker but the public’s reaction says it all.

“It was so important not just for our traders and caterers but for people who had not been able to get out and about in the same way this summer.”