Thousands bask in the sunshine at Hadleigh’s 179th annual show
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More than 14,000 people flocked to sunny Hadleigh on Saturday for the town’s 179th annual show.
Visitors were treated to a host of entertainment, including livestock shows, vintage tractors, dog agility , cookery demonstrations and a high-flying motorcycle stunt show.
The food hall was packed with delicious food and treats, with more than 42 local producers showcasing their wares.
This year’s flower show was also a highlight of the day.
Marking the end of World War One, arrangements focused on the theme of ‘Nostalgia and Memories’
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Cathy Lemey, show secretary, said although this year’s event clashed with the a certain Windsor wedding, people still turned up in their droves for the show, helped by the glorious weather.
She said: “Down here in Hadleigh we knew there was another event in Windsor going on but it certainly didn’t stop people coming out.
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“We always have the FA Cup final to contend with most years but never a royal wedding.
“We didn’t screen the wedding but there were a lot of people sitting ion the sunshine watching it on their phones or iPads.
“At 3pm we had a toast to the newly wedded couple at the start of our grand parade.
“I should think we had more than 14,000 people came along to the show.
“They came early - at 8.30am the gates were buzzing.
“What fantastic weather we had too.
“We couldn’t have asked for better really.”
Show director George Apter said the dare-devil Broke FMX stunt team really wowed the crowds
“They were brilliant the Broke FMX guys,” he said.
“They were doing big air jumps and back flips.
“I think it worked really well.
“Because they were so high in the air everyone could get a great view.”
Visitors were also given the chance to milk a cow in the show’s education tent.
“It was renamed the ed-moo-cation tent this year, said Mr Apter.
“We were really lucky with the weather this year. Clearing up has been a lot nicer in the sunshine.”
Ollie Pratt, next year’s show director, said plans were already under way for the 180th show.