A weekend of sunshine brings out the fundraisers and farm fans

A weekend of sunshine brings out the fundraisers and farm fans

The zip wire at the National Diving Centre in Chepstow

Steve Pearce

Ariane Burgess, three, with Willow the goat

Youngsters in farmyard fancy dress (l-r) Thomas Felvus, Ruby Davies and Joshua Felvus

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TWO days of sunshine at the weekend gave people in Gwent plenty to do, from a relaxed trip to the farm to a hair-raising zip wire fundraiser.

Around 1,000 people went to Cwmbran's Greenmeadow Community Farm show on Sunday.

The annual event gave youngsters the chance to meet the farm's smaller animals in 'Cuddle corner', see a milking demonstration from Dipsy the cow, ferret racing and birds from Black Mountains falconry.

Fruit, vegetables and flowers were on show alongside the action in the main ring, which included the first fun dog show there.

Director of the farm, Sally Partridge, said: "We were really pleased with how yesterday went and the weather held out for us."

In Chepstow, thrill-seekers took a zip wire challenge to help Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) towards a target of £25,000.

Around 200 people reached speeds of nearly 40mph on the 720m wire, the longest in the UK.

Participants turned out at the National Diving Centre in a variety of different outfits, including someone dressed as a pig.

Money raised will help the charity respond to more than call outs from the coastguard, police, ambulance and fire brigade, in often life-saving situations.

Ashley Bryce, who was assisting with the event, said it attracted dozens of families who were supporting their relatives doing the challenge.

"Everyone seems to have enjoyed it," he said.

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