Sir Matthew is ready to take helm

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Four times Olympic gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent is taking the helm of this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair.

Already a regular at the outdoor event, held in the Chatsworth parkland, Matthew has been announced as the Fair President, following several years spent as a Red Sock volunteer.

The Olympic rower devoted several years as a Red Sock - the team of volunteers who help the huge event run smoothly - in the late 1980s, along with his late brother, and has previously helped as a Steward at the three day event.

Matthew said: “I am looking forward immensely to the fair.

“It’s always a wonderful day out and I’m looking forward to showing my family and especially my children some of the activities on offer.

“It will be more relaxed for me this time round as President rather than a volunteer!”

Newly announced as part of the packed programme of entertainment is The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team - Jump4Heroes - who will be giving a spectacular and startling parachute display with some thrilling landings into the Grand Ring.

A special feature of the team - made up of former and serving military - is the beautiful poppy canopies and poppy flags they fly as part of their display.

As part of its fund-raising for The Royal British Legion, an exclusive Jump4Heroes Bear will be parachuting into the arena with the team and presented to one lucky prize-winner. Each bear will arrive in style and will have its Delivery Certificate signed by the team members.

This year’s fair is from August 29-31. Gates open at 9am with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm. The box office is open. Advance tickets are available from £18 while children under 14 get in free.

For ticketing options, including a 10 per cent discount for online booking, visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk