Against the clock (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)


Competing sheep shearers (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)













You could be forgiven for thinking you were in the Australian outback last Sunday in Diggle. The sun was blazing, lager was flowing and sheep were being sheared against the clock outside the Hanging Gate.

Hundreds of local people turned out to support the charity sheep shearing event organised by landlords, Carl and Farah Benton. Over £1000 pound was raised, on the day, to be shared between Christies Allsorts, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team and Diggle School PTA.

Landlord Carl Benton, who competed in the event, said, “It was a fabulous day and we are pleased we could support these important charities. It’s all thanks to the generosity of local people that we were able to raise so much money.

“A special mention should go to local farmer Chris Crowther, who made the day possible. He provided the sheep, the shearing equipment and the trailers.”


The Hanging Gate (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)


Crowds outside the Gate (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)


Carl Benton winnning the first competition (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)




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