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When Mia met Holty

22 March 2017

A youngster from Reepham named a lamb after a Norwich City Football Club legend. Mia Digby-Randell did so because she won a competition at the annual Easton and Otley College lambing weekend.

The farming fun day took place on the same day as the ‘old farm’ derby between Norwich and Ipswich. Therefore, visitors were asked to name a lamb after a football legend from either of those teams.

The prize was a football top of the team that they support and the winner also got to name a lamb after their favourite player. Mia was independently drawn out of the hat and she chose Grant Holt. As a result of winning, Mia came along to name and meet ‘Holty’ and pick up her prize with her mum, dad and brother.

She said, “I like lambs because they are nice animals and I can give them a hug. It was good to meet Holty and I like my new Norwich top.”

Mia’s mum, Tammy Digby, said, “I grew up on a farm with sheep and the family loves animals so that’s why we came along to the lambing weekend in February. The day was fantastic. My youngest (Anderson) loves tractors and pigs and Mia loves the lambs.”

On winning the competition, Tammy, said, “I was pleased we won. I told Mia as soon as she came home from school and she was really happy. The competition is a lovely idea - it makes the whole occasion very special. We definitely want to come back next year. Anderson will be a bit older and Mia will be looking out for Holty.”

College spokesperson, John Nice, said, “Our lambing weekend always draws a crowd and we had 6000 visitors this year. We always have a theme and this year we had two. We renamed the occasion Baa Baa Land in homage to the Oscar winning La La Land and we embraced the East Anglian football derby by creating this competition. It was a real pleasure to meet Mia and her family. Hopefully the two youngsters may be budding farmers of the future. Either way, we can’t wait to see them at next year’s event.”

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