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Buckham Fair is another record sucess

PUBLISHED: 15:32 17 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:32 17 October 2014

Buckham Fair Sponsors Barbara, Ben and Philip Fry with dog Tarquin

Buckham Fair Sponsors Barbara, Ben and Philip Fry with dog Tarquin

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On a sunny August Sunday dogs and ponies of all shapes, sizes and breeds, along with their excited owners streamed through the gates of Buckham Fair – Dorset’s most popular fundraising event of the year.

Some of this year's Buckham Fair Sponsors with Martin ClunesSome of this year's Buckham Fair Sponsors with Martin Clunes

Hosted by Martin and Philippa Clunes on their West Dorset farm just outside Beaminster, this fun filled dog and pony show raises money for Dorset charities. This year it was for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Over £67,000 was raised on the day, beating last year’s total of £66,000 for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Philippa was thrilled with the final total: “Martin, myself and all the Buckham Fair Committee, who all work so hard to make this such a success, are absolutely delighted that we have raised £67,000 for the Air Ambulance, who play such a vital role in the county. We would like to thank all the participants and visitors in helping to make this a fantastic day out as well as a profitable one for our chosen charity.”

This wasn’t the only success that the Clunes celebrated as one of Martin’s young Clydesdales won his class in the Heavy Horse show.

Buckham sponsors of this year’s event included a group of ladies from Kentucky who made the journey to Buckham to meet Martin, whose television series Doc Martin is hugely popular stateside.

Last year’s Best Rescue Dog Wylie, who went on to win Scrufts and became a national star, handed over his title to Plum, and the Dog Fancy Dress was won by a bee.

Next year’s event will be held on Sunday August 23. For more, see buckhamfair.co.uk.

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