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Local people making their corner of rural Britain unique
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Saturday 20 October 
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Cushendall Glens of Antrim
Helen Mark visits the villages of Hatherleigh and Great Torrington in Devon which were devastated by the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001. The drained community fought back by establishing an annual classical music festival, now in its sixth year.
The Two Moors Festival is a nine day classical musical festival spread over a thousand square miles of Devon. It was started in 2001 as a direct response to the Foot and Mouth crisis which devastated the community.

Since then, it's continued to grow and has become one of the most respected festivals of its type in the country.

It hit the headlines last year when an £85,000 hand built Bosendorfer piano intended for the festival was dropped and destroyed.

Helen visits two of the towns involved, Hatherleigh and Torrington, and attends a couple of performances as well as the Hatherleigh market and livestock market. 

She examines the success of the festival and how it’s helped the area recover. Helen and her guests also reflect on the current crises in farming.
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