Coe signs up for top role

Lord Sebastian Coe
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Sebastian Coe has been signed up for a prestigious new role – president of this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair.

The former Tapton School pupil, and chairman of the London 2012 Olympics organising committee, will open the three-day event next Friday.

Lord Coe said he was ‘delighted’ to take up the invitation to become this year’s Country Fair President. Previous holders of the role have included former England cricket captain and Sheffield schoolboy Michael Vaughan, and gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh.

Gates will open at 9am each day of the show, which runs from Friday, August 30, until Sunday, September 1.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Grand Ring on the Friday at noon.

A Chatsworth spokeswoman said: “Attractions at this year’s fair include the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, the Dancing Diggers, The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band plus a host of other exciting acts.

“Mary Berry will join us on Friday in the cookery demonstration tent at the heart of the Fine Food Village.

“Quality trade stands offer some great opportunities for shopping and, as always, there’s a whole showground to explore packed with things to watch, try and enjoy.”

One of the highlights will be a flypast by the Red Arrows display team on the Sunday.

For more information and ticket options, including a 10 per cent discount for online booking, visit

Gate prices are £20 for adults but children under 14 get in free.

n Further details can also be found at Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire for disabled visitors. Advance booking is recommended by emailing or calling 01949 845189 or 07553 365 254.