Saturday, 25 September 2021

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A BID to set a Guinness world record for the largest ever gathering of Labradors will be staged at Fawley Hill next month

A BID to set a Guinness world record for the largest ever gathering of Labradors will be staged at Fawley Hill next month.

The challenge has been set by Lady McAlpine, who lives on the estate with her husband Sir William McAlpine, as part of the weekend-long Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Transport Festival.

It will take place at about 1pm on the Sunday of the event, which kicks off with a Rock on the Hill concert on the evening of Friday, May 20.

Lady McAlpine, who owns two Labradors herself, came up with the idea a few weeks ago after several people visited her home with Labradors in tow. One visitor joked that it must have been the biggest gathering of its kind.

She said: “It sounded like a fun idea, so I thought ‘why not go for it’? It should be very entertaining and I’m sure plenty of people will want to take part.”

The bid will form part of the festival’s fun dog show and will be adjudicated by adventurer and television presenter Ben Fogle, who owns Labradors and has written a book on the history of the breed, and his father Bruce, an eminent veterinarian and animal writer.

The proceeds will go to Medical Assistance Dogs.

The festival is expected to feature 80 traction engines in honour of Sir William’s 80th birthday as well as steam rollers, commercial vehicles, tractors, steam cars, vintage and veteran cars, a military display, tanks, fire engines, shire horses, camels, railway engines, the vintage fairground and market stalls.

For tickets, call (01491) 571373 or visit www.fawleyhill.co.uk



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