Slideshow: Deeping Show proves popular as ever

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THE British countryside was on full display at the Deeping Show.

Livestock, farm machinery and a range of food stalls were just some of the attractions on offer at the annual agricultural show at the showground in Millfield Road, Market Deeping, today (Saturday).

Daisy Haigh, 12, with Wachams Gabby'''Photo: SM020612-044js

Daisy Haigh, 12, with Wachams Gabby'''Photo: SM020612-044js

As the crowds made their way into the arena they were treated to the first stages of a showjumping competition in the main ring.

Despite grey skies, plenty of people were browsing the stalls, watching the livestock judging and speaking to the vintage car and tractor owners.

Ian and Sandra Bell, of Mill Lane, Empingham, brought their 1973 Rover P6, adorned with union jack flags, to show off.

Ian, 74, said: “There has been a lot of interest in the car all day. People usually come up and say their dad used to own one. It’s a directors and doctors car.

“I am a proper royalist, I always have been and I always will be. I have recorded the flotilla in the Thames to watch when I get back.

“It’s important for Britain to have the monarchy. The country wouldn’t be what it was if it wasn’t for the Queen and the system we have.”

As always the livestock proved popular, with 87 entries competing for rosettes.

Christine Bucknall, of Thackers Way, Deeping St James, came to watch the cattle. She said: “This is the first time I have been in a few years. It looks good from what I have seen so far.

“I expect having the show on the same weekend as the jubilee will make it more of an occasion.”

Livestock secretary Mick Oliphant was pleased with the quality of animals entered, despite number being down on last year.

He said: “We have a good standard this year, especially the Lincoln Reds. All the top breeders are here, which is important.”

Joyce Overton, of Dixons Road, Market Deeping, was watching the showjumping in the main ring. She said: “The show is something we look forward to every year. I like the coach driving on Sunday and the flower market. I think it should be more of an occasion because of the jubilee.”

And Caroline Bowler, from Derbyshire, came to watch her horse Matilda compete in the working hunt and the ridden hunt events.

She said: “It’s our fourth year here. We come to compete the horses so the jubilee makes no difference to us. It just means we get a long weekend.”

The show continues tomorrow (Sunday) with a varied programme, from brass bands to terrier racing.