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Visitors flock to see lambs being born at farm.

Byline: KALI LINDSAY Reporter kali.lindsay@trinitymirror.com

WITH lambing season under way, visitors to County Durham have had the chance to see the woolly creatures being born.

Lambing Live at Hall Hill Farm, near Lanchester, has become a popular attraction with families seeing the event for themselves, as well as an online Lamb Cam for people to watch from home.

Shepherd Richard Darlington has a flock of 250 sheep and is expecting up to 500 lambs to be born this spring, with around 50 born every day.

The 26-year-old said: "We get loads of visitors during the day and we are very busy at lambing time.

"It is a very special day, just before we open for the Easter holidays we have our Lambing Live evening.

"It runs throughout the whole day from 10.30am to 10pm we it's one of the busiest days of the lambing calendar.

"We have 180 lambs due in front of the visitors and even more due around the back.

"So hopefully people will be able to see a lamb being born."

The family-run tourist attraction has been open for more than 30 years and offers adults and children the chance to find out more about animals living on a farm.

Richard, who was named Northern Young Farmer of the Year and is the current County Durham Tourism Superstar, said Lambing Live is particularly popular with adults.

He said: "A lot of the time on these evenings it is adults and they can come feed a lamb and ask questions about lambing.

"We can explain a few different things to a different audience which you couldn't explain to children. It is just a really laid back evening.

"Hopefully, if the weather stays nice this Easter, we will be very fortunate to have good lambing." | You can watch the lambs being born from your own home by checking out the farm's Lamb Cam at http://www.hallhillfarm.co.uk/lamb-cam/

Hopefully people will be able to see a lamb being bornRichard Darlington

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More than 180 lambs are due and below, Holly Bacon, 3, and Amelia Fewster, 4, feed one of the lambs

Simon Greener with Easter lambs at Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Co Durham

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