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College names lambs after football legends ahead of old farm derby

PUBLISHED: 09:48 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 26 February 2017

Easton and Otley College lambing weekend, 2015. Photo: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College lambing weekend, 2015. Photo: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College

A Norfolk college is gearing up for the eighth anniversary of their annual lambing weekend - and has named two of the lambs after iconic Norwich and Ipswich players ahead of this weekend’s derby.

Hannah Dagless with Bellamy and Jay Smart with Warky ahead of the Easton and Otley College lambing weekend. Photo: Easton and Otley College Hannah Dagless with Bellamy and Jay Smart with Warky ahead of the Easton and Otley College lambing weekend. Photo: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College adopted an Oscars theme last year, the weekend fell on the same date as Hollywood’s glamorous awards ceremony.

And although the Oscars is taking place during the same weekend as the college lambing event again - this weekend - the second day also coincides with one of the most important games in this regions football calendar, as Norwich City take on arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road in the ‘old farm derby’.

The college decided to name two lambs after iconic figures from both clubs to mark the occasion. One lamb has been named Bellamy (after Craig Bellamy) and the other has been named Warky (after John Wark).

And the college will be asking the public to put their name suggestions forward on entry to name a lamb after a Norwich or Ipswich legend during the weekend.

Easton and Otley College lambing weekend, 2016. Photo: Easton and Otley College Easton and Otley College lambing weekend, 2016. Photo: Easton and Otley College

A winning name will be drawn independently after the event. The lamb will be named after a football legend and the winner will receive either a Norwich or an Ipswich shirt.

In 2015, the college got in the mood for the derby match by taking a leaf out of the Latitude music festivals book when they dyed one of their Norfolk Horn breed rams yellow and green and one of their Suffolk breeds blue and white.

John Nice, from the college, said: “As this event is in Norfolk, I can’t imagine we will be getting many suggestions from Ipswich fans in terms of our competition - but you never know. All we hope for is a good game of football and a fun day out for all at our lambing weekend.”

Other attractions will include the opportunity to see new lambs being born, tractor and trailer tours, arts and craft stalls, sheepdog demonstrations and other animals that can be seen in their natural habitat will include piglets and highland cows.

Refreshments will also be available. Both days start at 10 and finish at 4pm. It costs £5.00 per adult to attend, £2.00 for under 16s and under 5s go free.

Farm manager, Andrew Vernon, added: “The whole occasion is about giving youngsters and their families the opportunity of getting a first-hand glimpse of farming.

“As a college we are keen to promote farming to people of all ages and this weekend is a perfect opportunity for us to do this. It helps us to champion and celebrate agriculture, the countryside and the land-based industries that we represent.”

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