Pet memorials to be restored at art and craft fair

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Six gravestones of beloved pets will be brought back to life at Lamport Hall’s Art, Craft and Design Fair this weekend.

The memorials in the pet cemetery at the hall date back to the Victorian era.

The dogs all belonged to the Isham family, who lived at Lamport from 1560 until 1976, including Leo the St Bernard, who is pictured right.

Lamport Hall staff member Victoria Howlett said: “We are delighted to be commissioning Lucy Cortese, an expert stonemason, to restore the memorials.’

The pet memorials will be on show on Sunday and Monday, from 10am to 5pm.

In the Edwardian stable block there will be more than 60 stalls showcasing artwork, decorative glassware and other traditional crafts.

Visitors will also have the chance to talk directly to the people who made all the items on sale.

Admission prices are £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions, and £2 for children aged 11 to 16.

Parking is free and dogs are welcome.