Lawford: Crowds head to 96th Tendring Show

HUNDREDS of people descended on Lawford this weekend for the annual Tendring Show which took place on Saturday.

On display were horses, ponies, donkeys, cattle, sheep and goats, alongside some smaller creatures including guinea pigs, fancy rats, pigeons and rabbits.

Some of the endangered Suffolk Punch horses were also on show for visitors to see along with one of their newly born foals. Around 18 of the species, which were once used on farms, currently live at Westwood Park just outside Colchester.

Local Essex farmer and show helper Guy Smith was on hand to help with a live farming demonstration which took place during the morning. A huge machinery display, called ‘Farming on the Move’ brought modern arable farming machines right before show goers. Ploughs, drills, cultivators, sprayers and combine harvesters were put through their paces to show visitors how food is grown and harvested.

Food lovers were kept occupied in the show’s gastronomy hall which sold local produce, while florists battled it out in the flower marquee arranging displays under a Tendring Coastal Landscape theme.

In a nod to the 2012 Olympics, a dedicated sports arena was also set-up where visitors tried their hand at a game of volleyball and rugby.