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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Hundreds flock to Buttermere Shepherds' Meet

TWO men who have not missed a Buttermere Shepherds’ Meet since the first event in 1977 have praised the traditions of the show, which attracted 200 visitors this weekend.

Richard Nicholson, of Loweswater and Joe Richardson, of Lamplugh, have attended the event since it started and said the traditions it held was one of the main reasons they came back each year.

Mr Richardson, 69, who also used to run in the fell races until five years ago, said: “It is just one of the local shows that is well supported and that I love coming to.

“I like being part of the tradition and seeing people that maybe you haven’t seen for the rest of the year.”

The event used to be held at Croft Farm in Buttermere, but moved to its current location at Lanthwaite Green after the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

“We used to get really big crowds and although they have decreased, the tradition of the show still holds firm,” said Mr Richardson.

Mr Nicholson added: “It is nice to just to meet the shepherds in the area and although there is an element of competition, it is more an exhibition for the general public.

“This is a traditional show and some of the characters who used to come have now passed away,” he added.

“We hope that more visitors will come and support the show and for the younger generation to get involved.

“We started this show from a budget of £32 and we want to keep it going.”

Around 200 people attended the event which saw judging of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep, shepherds’ walking sticks and crooks, hound trails, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and fell racing.

Assistant secretary Barbara Stagg said: “It has not been so bad but we always seem to get a weekend when it is wet and windy.”

 

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