A fascination for collecting traditional, coachbuilt prams has become a successful business for Alison and Graham Richardson, who bill themselves as ‘The world’s leading pram restorers’, also hiring them out as authentic props to television and film crews.
Several members of the workforce that helps with the smooth running of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials come from the Burghley Estate itself.
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are already known for having one of the world’s biggest obstacle courses – for horses. However on 11th May Burghley will also become the venue for the world’s largest obstacle course for humans, when it hosts its first Rat Race – a 20-mile course in and around the park consisting of 200 natural and man-made obstacles that have to be negotiated by people, without horses.
When asked what they love about alpacas Leslie and Elaine Reetham, almost in unison, said: “They are very calming and they never hesitate to make us smile.”
With its soaring mast and fluttering red pennant, the super sloop Spider T is a familiar sight at Keadby Lock. When skipper Mal Nicholson took it on, however, it was practically a sunken hulk, holding three feet of water. He knew it was something special though: “It was very Brunelian, that is to say, it was over engineered in the same way that Brunel built things.”