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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A pop­u­lar fam­ily farm which has given chil­dren the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try­side is set to close its barn doors. Pi­geons Farm in Thor­ney has al­lowed young­sters to get up close and per­sonal to lambs, rab­bits, pigs and a menagerie of other an­i­mals over the past eight years.

But, now own­ers Linda and Bob Moore have de­cided to hang up their welly boots, and the farm will close on Sat- ur­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

Linda (63) said: “We de­cided we were go­ing to re­tire ear­lier this year, and put the farm on the mar­ket in Fe­bru­ary. We had a buyer who was go­ing to keep it go­ing, but it did not hap­pen.

“We bought the farm 10 years ago, when it was derelict, and opened it in March 2008.

“My hu s ba n d i s n ow 74-years old, and it is a seven day week, work­ing 12 hour days. We have just ran out of steam.

“We have 55,000 visi­tors a year, and­when­wean­nounced we were clos­ing we had more than 800 com­ments on Face­book in a day.

“We set up the farm to give chil­dren­thechance­toseean­i­mals, to holdarab­bitor­to­bot­tle feed a lamb.

“See­ing the com­ments from ev­ery­one has been very nice.

“We are go­ing to have a bit of time for our­selves now - we have not had a hol­i­day for 10 years. We will get a place with some land, and keep some of the an­i­mals, but it is time for us to stop.”

The farm does have some an­i­mal­sand­e­quip­ment­tosell but they will go to ap­proved homes only.

Bob and Linda Moore, own­ers of Pi­geons Farm, Thor­ney with their an­i­mal carer Phoebe Clark.

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