Big crowds for Eye Show

ONE of the biggest crowds in recent years enjoyed a wide variety of entertainment at the Eye Show this weekend.Thousands of people flocked to Goodrich Park in Palgrave yesterday for the first of two action-packed days.

Simon Tomlinson

ONE of the biggest crowds in recent years enjoyed a wide variety of entertainment at the Eye Show this weekend.

Thousands of people flocked to Goodrich Park in Palgrave yesterday for the first of two action-packed days.

Blessed by fine weather, the visitors were treated to animal displays, tree cutting demonstrations, motorcycle competitions and live music.


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They were wowed by the Vander Brothers and their Wheel of Death Extreme, charmed by Stuart Barnes' Dog and Duck Show, graced with a dressage exhibition and taken back in time courtesy of the Medieval Combat Society.

For the first time at the show, there were performances from tribute acts, which were a resounding success.

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Les Howard, spokesman for the Eye Show, said: “It has been an all-round good show with lots of events for all members of the family. One of the highlights has been the tribute bands.

“It has been one of the best attendances the show has had for a number of years. The weather has helped immensely.”

Also today, there is expected to be a display by the Red Arrows RAF aerobatic team at around 12.15pm.

The showground, alongside the A143, was filled with trade stands, a vintage car area, children's amusements and a flower show.

Events will come to a close at about 6pm.

Eye held its first show in 1915 when it was purely a horticultural event.

It wasn't until 1963 when the local Seeley family became involved that general entertainment was introduced to encourage the whole family to attend.

In 2006, the show moved from farmland near Eye, where it had been staged for more than 40 years, to a larger site at Goodrich Park.

Over the last 10 years, charities have benefited to the tune of more than �200,000 from the show's profits.

For more information, visit www.eyeshow.org.uk

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