VIDEO: Animals are a hit at fun day

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MORE than 2,000 visitors made it a family fun day to remember at Aldingbourne Country Centre.

The bumper turnout for Saturday’s event enabled the centre’s operator, the Aldingbourne Trust, to raise £16,100 towards its £4m appeal to redevelop the site.

C130454-9 Bog Apr4 Family  phot kate''Isaac Rishman with an owl.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130454-9

C130454-9 Bog Apr4 Family phot kate''Isaac Rishman with an owl.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130454-9

Animals of all shapes and sizes delighted those who went along to the Blackmill Lane site.

Snakes, spiders, meerkats, parrots and more could be handled on the Animal Magic display by children.

Owls 4 U also had a selection of birds on show.

Firmly at ground level, guinea pigs proved some of the stars of the day as their new village was officially unveiled.

Their buildings have been based on landmarks around West Sussex such as Arundel Castle, Chichester Cathedral, Fontwell Park racecourse, Selsey lifeboat station and Halnaker Windmill.

They were chosen by listeners to Spirit FM. Delighted Michelle McKinley Bell, the trust’s enterprise and development manager, said: “The village looks amazing.

“We are really pleased with everyone’s commitment and hard work in pulling it together. It is probably the best - if not only - guinea pig village in West Sussex.”

For a feature on the family fun day, see this week’s Observer, out on Thursday, April 4.