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Thousands attend Chatsworth Country Fair

Thousands of visitors have headed to Chatsworth House today, the home of the Duke of Devonshire, for the the 34th country fair at the north Derbyshire stately home.

The three day event is one of the biggest in the country with displays and stalls covering all aspects of rural life from birds of prey to vintage vehicles.

It also brings a big boost for the local economy. Martin Fisher reports.

Crowds attend Chatsworth Country Fair

Duke and Duchess of Devonshire open Chatsworth Country Fair alongside Oozo the owl.

The very best the countryside has to offer is on display at Chatsworth Country Fair over the next three days, with the promise of something for everyone, including military bands, demonstrations and parades, parachute displays and even the Ukrainian Cossack Stunt team.

The Duke meets the Cossacks and Essex dog display team.


Thousands flock to Chatsworth county fair

It's the second day of Chatsworth Country fair and thousands more visitors are expected to flock to the stately home in North Derbyshire as it opens its doors for the biggest country fair in the UK.

The three day event, which brings together the best food, displays and crafts on offer, continues tomorrow. And yesterday there was some gold medal talent getting it all under way as Martin fisher reports.

The Queen arrives at Chatsworth House

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been greeted at Chatsworth House in the Derbyshire Dales by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Queen arrives at Chatsworth House

It will be one of numerous visits that the Queen has made over the years to the famous stately home, which has been the seat of the Cavendish family since 1549.

Queen arrives at Chatsworth House

After meeting staff and seeing restoration work, the Queen and Duke will chat with people who take part in mountain and dog search and rescue and also cave rescue operations.

They will be presented to Peak District Park rangers and air ambulance crew and some 80 members of Derbyshire voluntary and charity organisations before enjoying a private lunch.


Former Chatsworth pupils relive memories of Second World War

Former pupils of a boarding school housed at Chatsworth during the Second World War, have returned to the stately home to see their dormitories brought back to life.

The girls were all relocated from Colwyn Bay in Wales to Derbyshire, because their school building was being used by the government.

They were housed in the state drawing room, which had originally been used by visiting royals:

Family give back to cancer charity in son's memory

Now it is always nice to find a bit of money you had forgotten about and at Chatsworth House in North Derbyshire they did just that. They raised over seven thousand pounds for charity - from coins found in a fountain.

It is thanks to the efforts of Tony Verdon and his family. Last year Tony lost his son Sam to cancer and was determined to do something in his memory. Here's Sarah Clark.

Around a quarter of a million coins retrieved from Chatsworth House fountain

The Duke of Devonshire met with Tony Verdon and his family at the old stables at Chatsworth House this morning to recognise Tony's efforts at retrieving more than a quarter of a million coins from the courtyard fountain.

Tony lost his 22-year-old son Sam to cancer last year. Since then he's been helping to clean out the fountain which had become clogged with cash.

They retrieved £7,000 pounds which will go to Macmillan Cancer Support who helped Tony and his family through his son's illness

Tony using a cement mixer and jet washer to clean coins

Tony used a cement mixer and jet washer to clean the coins which all had to be counted and cleaned before being handed into the NatWest Bank.

He said: ''At first we thought we were looking at 25 small bags of coins. It was only when two vans turned up at my house with 87 large sacks I realised this was going to be a bigger project than I originally thought!"

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