Huge crowds enjoy reptiles and crafts

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Crowds gathered at the weekend to see reptiles in Weston and crafts in Long Sutton.

Baytree Garden Centre in Weston held its reptile show which was visited by over a thousand people and their pets on Saturday.

Roz Legge with her daughter's Bearded Dragon at the Baytree reptile show.

Roz Legge with her daughter's Bearded Dragon at the Baytree reptile show.

Over 150 spectators at the show entered their own pets in competitions such as ‘best lizard’ and ‘best young handler’, which were then judged by local vet Sarah Pellett.

Sarah, from Animates in Bourne, was also on hand to offer free check-ups to pets and discounted micro-chipping.

A total of £186 was raised at the show for Norfolk Tortoise Club and Nigel Wallis, general manager of Baytree Garden Centre, said: “It was a fantastic day!”

On Saturday and Sunday visitors to Long Sutton’s craft barn were able to try their hand at crafts and view some crafts produced locally and from around the UK at their regular craft fair.

Shepherd and sheep shearer David Lombardi gives demonstration - watching are Daniel Clark, Charlie Clark, Sarah French, Alisha, Sophie and Shelby Allen ANL-140906-145048001

Shepherd and sheep shearer David Lombardi gives demonstration - watching are Daniel Clark, Charlie Clark, Sarah French, Alisha, Sophie and Shelby Allen ANL-140906-145048001

Crafts on show over the weekend featured woodwork, metalcraft and mosaics.

Visitors were also able to see sheep shearing demonstrations and Titch, Britain’s smallest lamb, was the guest of honour at the fair.

Duncan Parker-McGowan, from the Long Sutton Barns, said: “The fair was absolutely great.

“We’ve had so much local help and we couldn’t have done any of this without local people and volunteers.

“People have been lovely to us and the turnouts to these fairs just show that people really do want us here.”