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Takes a Pig To Market

From a nod and a wink to a discrete touch of the collar - the secrets of the livestock auction revealed at Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Documentary 1974 26 mins

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Sue Jay goes in search of characters at Bridgnorth livestock market. Generations of local farmers have bought and sold on the Smithfield site at Bridgnorth and it's that mix of camaraderie and suspicious competition that is at the centre of this film. It's not just about trade though, as Sue finds out when she joins the traders in one of the local pubs which is allowed extended drinking hours as a market day perk.