Corby Glen ‘ewe-phoric’ at return of sheep to historic Fair
Corby Glen Sheep Fair, the oldest of its kind in England, is set to welcome the return of sheep to the 777th Event’s auction on Monday 5th October.
Last year, local residents and visitors alike were saddened by the absence of sheep from the historic Event following Melton Market’s failure to participate.
The Corby Glen Sheep Fair Committee has stepped in to remedy the situation and is pleased to announce that an agreement has been struck with Newark Livestock Market to trade sheep at this year’s Event.
Committee Chairman Keith Raby says, “After the disappointment of Melton Market’s failure to participate in last year’s Event, we are pleased to announce that our sheep are back and this historic tradition continues.”
“On behalf of the Committee and local residents, I’d like to thank James Sealy and his colleagues at Newark Livestock Market who have come to the rescue. Our 777th Event will have a sheep auction!”
During peak season, Newark Livestock Market can oversee the sale of more than 3000 sheep a week, with buyers travelling some distance to source top quality lambs and ewes from its wide range of vendors.
Speaking of Newark’s commitment to Corby Glen’s 777th Event, James Sealy says, “Newark Livestock Market is really pleased to have been asked to be a part of one of the oldest events of its kind in England and look forward to trading sheep in Corby Glen in October.”
Visitors to Corby Glen’s 777th event can expect to experience a wealth of local crafts, produce, music and entertainment for young and old on Sunday 4th October, from 10am to 4pm. There is also a beer festival at the Fighting Cocks Pub all weekend where, this year, a celebratory 777th Sheep Fair Ale will be available.
The sheep auction takes place on Monday 5th October (times to be confirmed)
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About Corby Glen Sheep Fair
In 1238, King Henry III chartered a weekly market and annual sheep fair. Today this is known as the Corby Glen Sheep Fair. It is claimed to be the longest established such event in Great Britain. As has been the tradition for 777 years, sheep are still sold on the Monday after the festivities by Newark Livestock Market.