Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan goes into bat in a new role

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FORMER Yorkshire and England Cricketer Michael Vaughan has taken up the role of president of Chatsworth Country Fair in its 30th anniversary year.

A regular visitor to the country estate, the former England cricket captain was delighted to accept the invitation to become involved in this spectacular three day event taking place from 2 to 4 September 2011.

Michael Vaughan, who lives in Baslow, said: “I’ve been many times to the Chatsworth Country Fair with my family and always had a great time, so I was delighted to be asked to be involved.

“Having lived in Derbyshire for six years, I believe this event is a great showcase of rural life as well as the chance to see lots of fantastic entertainment and try out a few new activities as well.”

Organiser Christopher Lloyd Owen said: “We are dedicating this anniversary year to the armed forces. The Country Fair has always had a strong link to the three services and this year is no exception with displays from Red Arrows, the REME Band, the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, the Tigers Freefall Team of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, and - representing the Navy - the Portsmouth Action Field Gun Club.

“We hope to make and encourage contributions to service charities throughout the event.”

Tickets for the Country Fair are priced £15 on Friday, £17 on both Saturday and Sunday with children under 14 admitted free. For more information visit www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk .