Ancient legend to come to life at village-style fete in west Suffolk

Neil Luxton, who has made the trophy Picture: BALLINGDON FETE COMMITTEE

Neil Luxton, who has made the trophy Picture: BALLINGDON FETE COMMITTEE - Credit: Archant

An ancient legend involving two warring dragons from Suffolk and Essex will come to life at a fete in Sudbury next month.

The sheep throwing trophy, which will be presented to a lucky winner at the Ballingdon Fete Picture:

The sheep throwing trophy, which will be presented to a lucky winner at the Ballingdon Fete Picture: BALLINDON FETE COMMITTEE - Credit: Archant

One version of the story goes that the fire-breathing creatures leapt to high ground in the two counties close to Ballingdon and the River Stour and, as legend has it, hurled sheep at each other.

The Ballingdon Fete will feature its own sheep-throwing competition in honour of the legend – with toy versions of the animal.

Sudbury stonemason Neil Luxton has made a trophy, which the winner will be able to keep for a year.

Andy Message, fete chairman, said: “It will be a lot of fun and we hope those coming to the fete will have a go at winning the wonderful trophy made by Neil.”

The sheep throwing trophy, which will be presented to a lucky winner at the Ballingdon Fete Picture:

The sheep throwing trophy, which will be presented to a lucky winner at the Ballingdon Fete Picture: BALLINgDON FETE COMMITTEE - Credit: Archant


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The village-style fete an will be held from noon to 4pm on Kone Vale off Middleton Road and Ballingdon Street on Sunday, September 9.

Other attractions will include a fun dog show, live music, food and drink, the Ballingdon bake-off baking competition, stalls and games.

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The event is raising money for the Eden Rose Coppice charity in Sudbury.

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