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Daisy May's Farm in Elsenham attracted several hundred visitors to its annual fun day and pet show despite a road closure which has hampered the popular working farm.

Owner Rachel Berry said around 350 people attended Sunday's event which was vital in raising money for food and bedding for the animals in its care.

"It was a good day and a lot busier than we expected," said Rachel. "We took £1,600, but out of that we have costs so I'm not sure yet the total amount we raised, but we were really happy that people came and seemed to have a lovely time.

"We did hear people complaining about the road closure, but there is nothing we can do about that and we would have been even busier if we had better access."

Hall Road is closed for six months while bridge repair work is carried out nearby. Daisy May's has been struggling with a drop in visitor numbers ever since the road was shut in April, but has been urging people to park in Elsenham and walk down as the farm is still open for business.

The highlight of Sunday was a pet show with a variety of fun dog classes which included waggiest tail, dog the judge would most like to take home, best child handler under 10 years, best trick, scruffiest mutt and best in show.

Families could enjoy wandering round to meet the assortment of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, goats and chickens along with ponies, rabbits, ducks and guinea pigs. As well as operating as a working farm, Daisy May's also rescues abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals.

Visitors were treated to a barbecue, afternoon teas, beer and Pimms and plenty of fun games such as hook-a-duck, a tombola, pony rides, a bouncy castle and face-painting.

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