Racing ferrets on their marks

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FERRET racing is set to entertain visitors at a South Yorkshire tourist attraction.

Preparations are under way at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, to create an arena for the furry critters ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Races will see four ferrets, each sporting different colours, run through 20 metres of clear tubing to reach the finish line.

The farm, which also hosts sheep racing, hopes the event will draw in families and become a regular fixture.

Director Robert Nicholson said: “Ferrets are mischievous and have a lot of fun racing about so we thought that, after sheep racing proved one of our most popular attractions, we’d get ferrets in on the action.

“There’ll be a live commentary and ‘bookies’ kiosk where visitors will be able to choose a ferret to back and win prizes. It promises to be novel and really entertaining.”

Ferret races will be held on May 5, 6 and 7.