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Fatstock show hands over a record amount to charity

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

SUCCESS: Spectators at the show which raised a record £3,226.

SUCCESS: Spectators at the show which raised a record £3,226.

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ORGANISERS of South Molton's popular Fatstock show created a gasp of surprise when they handed over their surplus to a local charity.

It was a record £3,226 pounds, and one of the organisers, Michael Edwards of Stags auctioneers said: "Only one or two people knew before the presentation how much we were able to give and it did bring a few gasps when we announced it. It's by far the most we've ever raised."

The donation was nearly a thousand pounds more than the year before, and this year went to the North Devon District Hospital's chemotherapy appeal.

Thousands of people thronged the pannier market for the show early in December during the town's winter festival, admiring the produce, visiting dozens of stalls and bidding for vegetables, harvest goodies and livestock.

Their spending and generosity of sponsors and supporters, produced the record amount. Mr Edwards said: "It comes from whatever's left over from the running costs.

"It was a very good weekend in South Molton, the weather was right, the footfall was so good and the Fatstock show has become quite an established event.

"We pulled in people from North Cornwall to Dorset, and everybody was so generous, with local businesses sponsoring it . Also farmers bring in a few sheep which we sell beforehand and that raised nearly £800.

"There's just £50 left in the bank so we can start again for next year."

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