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IT HAD come into the world only hours earlier but the crowds greeted its arrival as the first sign of spring.
The newborn lamb is one of the first of about 1,400 expected to be born at Bishop Burton College's farm over the next few weeks.
Olivia Mae Hudson, 12, and her 6- year-old sister Ellie Mae got to hold the lamb when it was only a few hours old.
"I loved the lambs so much, I wanted to take one home," said Olivia Mae, a pupil at Hull's Sirius Academy. "It was a fantastic experience. I did not expect to get to hold a newborn lamb."
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Olivia Mae and Ellie Mae, of east Hull, were among 3,000 visitors to the Lambing Sunday event at the college near Beverley yesterday.
Visitors were able to see and cuddle newborn lambs, and some got to see live births.
Visiting the lambing day was a Mother's Day treat for grandmother Hazel Gillyon, 68, of Hedon.
She was taken to the farm by her son, Mark Gillyon-Powell, 39, of Leven, near Beverley, and his four-year-old son, Harry.
Mrs Gillyon said: "I have never been on the college farm before. It was a Mother's Day treat.
"It was really special to hold a lamb. I think it is a wonderful way for families to celebrate Mother's Day."
Lambing Day was an opportunity for both young and old to get involved with farming.
Suzanne Williams, 30, and her 16-month-old daughter, Eva, of Brough, visited the farm with friends.
She said: "It was a mummy and daughter day out for us, and really nice to do it on Mother's Day.
"Eva loved cuddling the baby lamb, and did not want to leave the sheep pen when it was time to go."
The event was a special family day out for Gavin and Fiona Buchanan, and their 22-month-old daughter Faye, of Beverley.
Mr Buchanan, 49, said: "It is a fantastic event and a great way for kids to learn about farming and the countryside.
"Faye loved seeing the lambs and was thrilled to bits to be able to hold and touch them."
It was a busy day for agriculture student Declan Moore, 17, of Leconfield, helping visitors hold the lambs and answering their questions.
He said: "Lambing is an exciting time on the college farm and students are on a rota to help care for the ewes and their lambs.
"I have helped lamb several of the ewes and it is a fantastic feeling to bring a new life into the world."
Ten-year-old Katie Martin, of South Cave, visited the first Lambing Day last year and was determined to be involved again this year.
"The lambs are soft and cute and I just want to pick them up and give them a cuddle," she said.
Her mum, Helen Martin, an agriculture lecturer at the college, said they were pleased to share the experience of lambing with the public.
She said: "It's wonderful to watch a lamb being born, taking its first steps and bonding with its mother.
"The idea is to educate the public and show them where their food inevitably comes from.
"It is worth every ounce of effort that goes into it and a lot of students are involved, talking to the public and answering their questions."
Rudston farmer Jill Hairsine, vice- chairman of the York East National Farmers' Union, welcomed the event. She said: "The college was keen to share the experience of lambing with as many people as possible on a very apt day – Mother's Day."