The farm at the centre of The Goat Race

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The farm at the centre of The Goat Race

For the past seven years Spitalfields City Farm has become the hot spot in the capital for farmyard based fun.

It's all thanks to its annual Goat Race which coincides with the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. This alternative head-to-head sees two goats battling it out in a nail-biting trot to the finish line.

All proceeds from the event go towards the farm's upkeep, animal welfare and educational programmes. The 1.3 acre plot near Brick Lane has been a part of the community for over 35 years.

Manager Mhairi Weir said: "The farm was land that was squatted on in the '60s, so we've got a lot to thank the squatters for. People had a long tradition of backyard farming in this part of the east end of London. They took over the land and turned it into allotments and people started bringing chickens and ducks and geese. In 1978 it became registered as a farm. There are 16 city farms in London but we are the city farm that's nearest to the square mile."

Mhairi added: "They're not like franchises, city farms really reflect the community that they're in. So we have the Shoreditch trendy crowd on one side and then also the Bengali and Somalian community, people from Whitechapel and Stepney. The farm's a great place for everyone to come together."

Catch London Live's coverage of The Goat Race this Saturday at 4pm.

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