Gallery: Easter comes early as bunnies descend on Colchester for annual spring stock show

A Mini Rex waits to be judged at the Colchester Rabbit Club and the National Mini Rex Club Spring Sh

A Mini Rex waits to be judged at the Colchester Rabbit Club and the National Mini Rex Club Spring Shows at the Langham Community Centre on Sunday, 22 March. - Credit: Su Anderson

Hundreds of rabbits of all breeds and sizes were brought to Essex yesterday for one of the country’s biggest exhibitions.

The Spring Stock Show, organised by Colchester and District Rabbit Club along with the British Mini Rex Club, attracted more than 160 rabbits and their owners in one of the Colchester clubs’ three annual exhibitions held at Langham Community Centre.

Rabbits from Suffolk and Essex, as well as other parts of the UK, were judged across four sections, with 72 different classes of competition overall in the event, which is regarded as the Crufts of the rabbit world.

Paul Hopkins, the show’s manager, said: “It’s been going very well. We have rabbits here from as far as Kent and Yorkshire, which is great and a turnout of 47 different exhibitors.”

Mr Hopkins had also welcomed the arrival of several people taking part for their first time.


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The spring show was the first time the club has attracted sponsorship with pet bedding company Bed Down providing rosettes for the winners.

The club’s next event takes place on July 11 for the Tendring Hundred competition.

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