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Bishop Burton College Town & Country Day 2014

Bishop Burton College Town & Country Day 2014

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Thousands of visitors flocked to Bishop Burton College on Sunday for its annual Town and Country Day.

Despite the changeable weather the event was a success with many braving the wet to enjoy picnic lunches before the sun broke through in the afternoon.

A brass band, dancers and a stuntman were among the big attractions in the main ring and K9 Quackers, a sheepdog duck herding display and dancing dogs, proved popular with onlookers.

Other favourites on the day were the rugby 7s which saw Hull FC face Bishop Burton academy, children’s activities, shire horses and the unveiling of the college’s redesigned walled garden.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, principal and chief executive of Bishop Burton, said this year’s event had been extra special because of it being Diamond Jubilee Year for the college. “It’s always a joy to open up the college to the public,” said Mrs Dawson.

“We have plenty of farmers and country people visit but we also get lots of families from the towns and cities.

“It’s very rewarding to see them all go home with a smile on their faces.

“Town and County Day is a busy day for staff; but it’s one of those occasions when all the extra hard work seems worthwhile.

“I’m sure I shall still be smiling at the end of the week after watching the sausage eating competition for dogs … a whippet won in the end but it was a greedy Labrador that had me in stitches! I thought afterwards; only at Bishop Burton can such a fun day also be an educational day out for so many people.”

Displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities all had a distinctly rural flavour such as falconry and chainsaw sculpture.

“Visitors got the chance to meet the college’s exotic residents including reptiles, otters, marmosets and meerkats.

A new look for the historic East Yorkshire walled garden was well received.

The ambitious redesign of the College’s walled garden was open to the public for the first time since work on the project started in 2012.

New features in the 1.5 acre Victorian garden include an AGM Garden (plants awarded the RHS accolade), a Hedge Garden, Laburnum arch, open air theatre and replanted hot bed and central herbaceous border.

The Town and Country celebration coincided with the Bishop Burton Horse Trials over the whole weekend with the college marking the countdown to hosting a prestigious FEI championship in August.

Our photographer Mike Hopps captured the atmoshper during the weekend’s event.

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