Chatsworth Country Fair 2011 pictures

sp91802 Chatsworth country fair l to r Duke of Devonshire,Michael Vaughan,Duchess of Devonshire
sp91802 Chatsworth country fair l to r Duke of Devonshire,Michael Vaughan,Duchess of Devonshire

THOUSANDS of visitors turned out for the annual Chatsworth country fair at the weekend.

The Duke of Devonshire himself welcomed people from across the country into the grounds of his home for the event’s 30th year.

sp91805  Chatsworth country fair Derbyshire team in the mounted games

sp91805 Chatsworth country fair Derbyshire team in the mounted games

Speaking to the Derbyshire Times he said the fair was improving every year.

“It’s always changing and it gets better every year,” he said.

“We have plenty of things happening, we have the Household Cavalry and everybody loves to watch them.”

The opening day was somewhat bittersweet, as it marked the first public flight of the Red Arrows since the death of one of their pilots, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, 33, last month.

sp91807  Chatsworth country fair Kirsty Allen with a European eagle owl

sp91807 Chatsworth country fair Kirsty Allen with a European eagle owl

As well as the highly anticipated flight, show organisers laid on a diverse programme of country pursuits and entertainment, including terrier racing, mounted games and a vintage car display.

For new country fair president, England cricketer Michael Vaughan, the highlight of the weekend was the wine tasting tent.

Michael, who has lived in Baslow for the past five years, said: “It was a huge honour to be asked to be president. I walk my dogs through the grounds and come down with my children so it is nice to be working alongside people who are so passionate about Chatsworth.”

sp91810  Chatsworth country fair Tigers parachuting team arriving

sp91810 Chatsworth country fair Tigers parachuting team arriving

sp91811  crowds at Chatsworth country fair

sp91811 crowds at Chatsworth country fair

Chatsworth country fair Brian Fox with his 1943 Willis Jeep

Chatsworth country fair Brian Fox with his 1943 Willis Jeep