Heart of the Vale, Soul of the Town, Part I, Pat and Ted
It is now ten years since the livestock market at Sturminster Newton closed down, bringing to an end 700 years of tradition. We were involved in a project gathering on video views and ideas from the users of the market as part of the effort to keep it open. The realisation of what the closure meant to the farming people who used it was part of the inspiration behind the concept of “Farm Radio”. So, therefore, it seems fitting to post a series of pieces that we shot here.
I was thinking of calling this section “Where Are They Now?” but, given the age of some of the contributors and the passing of time, the answer to that would be all too obvious in so many cases. However, it would be great to hear from our listeners with any stories of the subsequent adventures of the folk featured here so we could follow up their stories. Perhaps we should call it “What Happened Next?”
Video shot and edited by John Holman.