Fresh faces wanted for the 776th Corby Glen Sheep Fair

Sheep are still traditionally sold at the Corby Glen Sheep Fair.

Sheep are still traditionally sold at the Corby Glen Sheep Fair.

An ancient sheep fair in its 776th year is run by a committee of volunteers who want to encourage fresh blood to get involved.

Entertainers, fund-raisers and community groups are invited to be part of the Corby Glen Sheep Fair, taking place this year on Sunday, October 5.

The committee is also looking for sponsors to help fund the day.

Chairman of the newly formed committee Keith Raby said: “We’re really excited about this year’s sheep fair. It’s a fantastic day celebrating local tradition, talent and trade.

“Corby Glen Sheep Fair is steeped in history and is the oldest of its kind in the country. To help make sure its success continues, we want to involve lots of local people, young and old.”

The village sheep fair dates back to 1238, when King Henry III chartered a weekly market and annual sheep fair. Today it is known as the Corby Glen Sheep Fair, and is believed to be the oldest such event in Great Britain. As has been the tradition for 776 years, sheep are still sold on the Monday after the festivities by Melton Mowbray market.

The event, currently sponsored by Monarch Automotive, Peterborough and Grantham Chandlers, Charles Read Academy and Corby Glen Primary School. will run between 10am and 4pm.

Local bands, entertainers, stallholders selling local produce of crafts, community groups wishing to stage entertainment, ‘car-booters’ and bakers interested in entering the sheep fair bake-off are encouraged to get in touch and register their interest. Visit and contact the relevant team member listed.




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