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Celebrations at local farm

A Crosby on Eden farmer who swapped his cows for customers, has been rewarded for his efforts

Neil Milbourn and his daughter Holly celebrate award at Walby Farm Credit: ITV News Border

Neil Milbourn, owner of Walby Farm Park, has received the runner up award for National Farm Attraction of the Year 2014.

He closed his dairy business back in 2007.

The farm won first place in 2012 Credit: ITV News Border

But it's not the first time the attraction has been recognised. It won the award back in 2010.

Full Report: Animal Auditions

Now when it comes to the annual Nativity play where would it be without the animals?

That was the question asked by the Carlisle Christmas Spectacular production team.

This year they've decided to do it differently by using real animals in the starring roles.

Today the team held auditions at Walby Farm Park.

Here's the full report from Andy Burn.

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Walby Farm Park animals star in Christmas play

A host of farmyard animals in Carlisle are auditioning for parts in a new Nativity play.

Cows, sheep, goats and donekys, all from Walby Farm Park, will walk down a red carpet to the sound of 'Away in a manger'.

Animals who manage to impress the judges by taking kindly to the music, will star in the Christmas extravaganza show.

"Walby Farm Park is the perfect partner for a production like ours as they have animals that are used to children and hopefully music.

"The audition is to see which animals are happy to walk down the red carpet like a real pro and they will be watched over by Mrs Claus played by West End Actress Danielle Carson and children's favourite Mike 'Cheeky Charlie' Charlton who both appear in the show."

– David McNeill, Artistic Director and Producer