Bishop's Garden in Cathedral Close was host to three camels for the annual Bishop's Fete.

On Sunday, September 5, more than a thousand people attended the event, raising more than £11,000 for the Salisbury Sudan Medical Link.

The link raises funds for medication and equipment, and trains medical workers such as midwives and nurses for South Sudan, which has high child and maternal mortality rates.

There were stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, plants, homemade cakes, preserves, and teas to the accompaniment of the Navy Larks Choir and the Amesbury Town band, tombola, games and a raffle.

Lady Chichester also brought her three camels - Timujen, Luna, and Ivan.

Organiser Irving Samwell said: "It was a fantastic day. The weather shined upon us, and it was probably as busy as it's ever been.

"The camels were magnificent. They were on sparkling form.

"What is astonishing is that they are so calm, and they obey their instructions. The grooms, or Lady Chichester, say to them, 'Sit down', and they do exactly what they are told.

"Many animals react badly to young children, but they sit there and they love it, and they looked terribly proud."

A group of volunteers on behalf of the Diocese of Salisbury and the Medical Link organise the annual fete, which took a break last year due to Covid.

Salisbury's Medical Link links Church of England Diocese of Salisbury and the Episcopal Churches of Sudan and South Sudan.

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