Thousands flock to Filleigh

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Filleigh for the English National Sheep Dog Trials and Devon Country Fayre this weekend. The three-day event, which started on Friday, was held in the grounds of Castle Hill, the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran, near

THOUSANDS of people flocked to Filleigh for the English National Sheep Dog Trials and Devon Country Fayre this weekend.

The three-day event, which started on Friday, was held in the grounds of Castle Hill, the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran, near South Molton.

As shepherds battled it out to become national champion, visitors and families enjoyed activities, stands, stalls, and children's attractions in the North Paddock in front of the impressive house.

It was the first time the prestigious trials have ever been held in North Devon in the event's 140-year-old history, and has been hailed a massive success by organisers. Proceeds will be going to North Devon Hospice.


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"I'm bowled over by the whole event," said North Devon Hospice fund-raiser Ali Hunt.

"It was touch and go with the weather on Friday, but Saturday and Sunday were both dry and we have had literally thousands of people visit over the three days."

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For a full report see Wednesday's North Devon Gazette.

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