Top Gear simulator, Apache attack helicopter and livestock are early highlights at Suffolk Show
A role demonstration by a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter was widely praised by spectators at the Suffolk Show today.
Combine harvesters, livestock, the Adnams Food and Drink Experience tent and the Top Gear simulator were also highlighted as favourites by day-one visitors at Trinity Park.
Geoff Moss, 77, of Woodbridge, who was a corporal in the RAF police between 1959 and 1961, said: “It was a great display. I have come here on and off for 30 years and every year for the last 15 years, and I don’t really have one favourite attraction, but that display was pretty good.
“It is interesting to see what they are flying nowadays and what guns they have.
“It was great to see a lot of people watching and walking about in general. Organisers will be hoping for a record-breaking attendance over the two days and so they should be. They should be aiming high.”
Mr Moss, with his wife Maureen at the Suffolk Show, said he was looking forward to visiting the flower tent in the afternoon.
“It is absolutely magic what they do,” he added.
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He said the quality and safety of the walkways around the show have been the best improvement over the years.
Jon Curnick, 26, of Colchester, who has not visited the Suffolk Show for 10 years, said he was impressed by a vast array of new attractions.
He said: “The Apache helicopter display was very good. There is great weather and everything seems a lot more grander now. I have enjoyed seeing the animals on display and am now going off for a wander to see what else has changed.”
The Suffolk Show is a “great family day out”, according to Alison Shanks, of Felixstowe Road, who is here with her mother Marion and 10-month old daughter Remi Mortlock.
The 33-year-old said: “I would urge anyone to come along. There is something for everyone.
“We enjoyed watching the Apache helicopter and looking round the Adnams food tent.
“I hope to make it a family tradition.”
Off-duty EADT reporter Elliot Furniss was with his niece Charlie Long, 11, who has enjoyed climbing on board a “huge” combine harvester and having a go on the Top Gear simulator.
“I am having a great day and it is a lot of fun,” Charlie added.