TWO little boys are following in their parents' footsteps and preparing to lead lambs into the parade ring at the South-West's premier farming event.

Archie, eight, and Harry Stamp, four, from Mark, are busy getting ready for the moment they lead them out in front of judges and waiting crowds at the Royal Bath and West Show in Shepton Mallet this month.

This year will be Harry's second time in the ring, and big brother Archie's third. Last year Archie came second in his class while Harry, making his debut at the age of just three, won his age category and later went on to be named overall reserve champion among the young handlers.

The boys, who go to Mark First School, are competing in the Young Handlers event and will be cheered on from the sidelines by their parents Rachel and Steve Stamp.

Rachel, who works for Kingshay Dairy Consultancy, said: “They have to halter-break the lambs and have spent a lot of time leading them around,making sure they are quiet enough for the show.

“On Sunday afternoon, they get them out on the lawn and parade around to rehearse - we even have to ask them questions like they do at the show.”