Greasley Gathering is coming back to town

Shepherd Tom Longton and his sheepdog put ona dog trial with a difference.
Shepherd Tom Longton and his sheepdog put ona dog trial with a difference.

The Greasley Gathering is set to offer plenty of activities for families around the parish on the May Day bank holiday.

Visitors can expect a jam-packed array of events and attractions on Monday May 25, including a country sheep trial with a difference.

Champion shepherd Tom Longton will be displaying his award-winning working dogs, by shepherding a herd of ducks through an obstacle course.

Previously winner of the prestigious English National Brace title and regular competitors in the annual International Team Trials, Tom and his dogs have been giving arena demonstrations for over 20 years.

Organisers of the event said: “The Greasley Gathering 2015 is a fabulous day of family fun, packed with something for everyone.

And as May Day approaches, the organisers are firming up the day-long schedule.

Starting with the Greasley Gambol breakfast walk at Beauvale Priory and ending with barbecues, music and entertainment at five of the parish’s pubs, visitors will find most activities at the Greasley Sports & Community Centre.

Confirmed on the day are the Eastwood Community choir, Pulp Friction and the Glee Choir, Samba music and a Samba band workshop.

There will be inflatables and fun fair rides, a Medieval archery shoot, displays of model car racing and Millie the Wonder Dog will be in attendance.

A craft fair is to be held at St Mary’s Parish Church and Moorgreen Residents’ Association will again be holding their Scarecrow Trail, while Friends of Colliers Wood will be hosting lots more scarecrows made by local schoolchildren. A children’s magic show will be performed by Don Chambers, among various other activities.