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Gallery: Organisers say this year’s South Suffolk Show is a success with records broken

PUBLISHED: 19:14 11 May 2014

The 126th South Suffolk Show taking place on Sunday in wet, windy and indifferent conditions at the Ampton Racecourse. Eighteen month old Finley Dixey from Sudbury gets up close after the Sheep Show

The 126th South Suffolk Show taking place on Sunday in wet, windy and indifferent conditions at the Ampton Racecourse. Eighteen month old Finley Dixey from Sudbury gets up close after the Sheep Show

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Thousands of visitors to a major agricultural show have seen the region’s farmers showcase their finest produce.

The weather may not have been kind to the 126th South Suffolk Show but it did not seem to spoil the mood, according to one of the organisers, Geoff Bailes.

Set in 80 acres at Ampton Racecourse, near Bury St Edmunds, the event saw a mixture of family-friendly attractions alongside the more traditional farming classes.

Mr Bailes, show secretary, said: “Under the circumstances we had a very successful show. It’s gone ahead with the weather and wind and everything else. The competitions went to plan, it was a little chilly, but it’s an agricultural show.

“The crowds are down on previous years, quite understandably as there’s also been the Women’s Tour which finished in Bury St Edmunds, three miles from here.

“The ground has rode well for the horses, the livestock people were happy and we had record turnouts for cattle and pig.”

The show has run almost every year since 1888 and preparations for 2015’s event are already in hand.

More than £500,000 was spent on sending patients under the care of the region’s mental health trust to other facilities in the last month as bosses admit “still too many” patients were being sent out of the area for treatment.

Archaeologists have uncovered a rare, 6ft long mammoth tusk off the coast of Mersea Island.

Nearly two decades serving Suffolk from the skies ends tomorrow, as Suffolk’s only police helicopter station closes down.

Temperatures soared to highs of almost 21C (70F) in parts of Suffolk today, but the weather is set to take a turn for the worse during parts of the weekend.

As another hundred people are fined for parking illegally in Bury St Edmunds, there are fears the town’s tourism could be hit this summer as rogue drivers persist in blocking the town’s designated coach area.

A burglar with a drug habit costing more than £250 a day who targeted a string of houses in the Woodbridge area has been jailed for four years.

Police were called to the scene of a two-vehicle collision in Stowmarket this evening.

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