Planners, farmers and trade stands gear up for the 177th Hadleigh Show in May 21

Action from the 2015 Hadleigh Show

Action from the 2015 Hadleigh Show - Credit: Su Anderson

Stunt riders, amazing animals and the obligatory host of farm machinery will all be present at one the country’s longest running one-day agricultural shows when it returns on the third weekend of May.

The Hadleigh Show, on May 21 at Holbecks Park, is now in its 177th year and its loyal following have helped contribute to the success it has enjoyed at recent events.

As is traditional for an agricultural show there will be more than 150 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show and they will be joined by around 160 different trade stands.

Other attractions will include the Sheep Show, Sky Birds of Prey, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the Food Hall and the Hadleigh Great War Centenary project.

The main feature of the show this year though will be performance by the Royal Signals White Helmets Display Team who will be showing off their coordination and daring on motorcycles in the main arena.

Show secretary Cathy Leney said, with five weeks to go, the excitement of getting closer to another year’s show was starting to rise.

“It’s a really busy time with entries, getting our advertising sorted, making sure people know where they can buy their tickets, sending out passes to all our trade stands,” she said. “The only thing I can’t sort out at this stage is the weather.”

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Talking about the White Helmets she said: “I think it will be really great. Our show director gets to choose his main attraction and it is something he really wanted to bring back to the show.”

Mrs Leney added this year’s show director, James Harris, is at least the third member of his family to take on the role after his father and grandfather.

Tickets for the show are on sale now from Avis Newsagents in Hadleigh, Hollow Tree Farm Shop in Semer, Boxford Post Office, Bates Wells and Braithwaite in Sudbury, Hall Farm Shop in Stratford-St-Mary, Hintlesham Barns and Elmsett Post Office and Stores.

Early bird tickets are available until May 20 and parking on the day is free, with gates opening at 8am.