Remembering the Hadleigh Show from 1979
- Credit: Archant
Ever since 1839 the Hadleigh Farmers Club has been celebrating Suffolk’s rich agricultural heritage – in the form of the town’s annual show.
Guests to the 1979 event – which marked nearly 140 years since it was first established – wore riding hats to compete in donkey races.
The club started the show to promote good farming just two years after an agricultural depression swept through Britain in 1838.
Across the UK, poor conditions had led to heavy soil being abandoned while rot had led to sheep and other livestock being killed.
Crops were depleted and Corn Laws brought in during the 1840s meant the price of wheat was high so the poor could not afford bread.
The first Hadleigh Show kicked off in 1840 – and it is now one of the few surviving small town agricultural shows in the UK.
These photographs capture the delight the show brings to youngsters and adults alike – and its belief in the industry.