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Animal and other magic at Chapel Row fair

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Things have quietened somewhat since the 18th century, and these days only red splashes likely to appear on faces are painted on.
Aside from its royal connections Chapel Row is famous for hosting animal racing events at the local green, and Saturday’s colourful event did not disappoint with the return of sheep racing.
Bets were placed on fancied animals and a chaotic commentary boomed out over the green as the often hapless animals made for the finish line.
Organisers hailed the help from local businesses and a good-natured gang of volunteers, and said that charities set to benefit from this year’s fund-raising included Newbury Samaritans, Riding For The Disabled, Spring Charity Fundraisers and Babies In Buscott.
The ‘great’ British summer ensured rain was always going to be a factor, but the bouncy castles, dog show, hog roast, and numerous raffles and competitions went off without a hitch.

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