Thousands pack 179th Rutland County Show

Show president Percy Gilman, right, presents the show champion trophy to Paul Barwood for his Limousin heifer Donna Photo: SM050611-291js
Show president Percy Gilman, right, presents the show champion trophy to Paul Barwood for his Limousin heifer Donna Photo: SM050611-291js
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VISITORS packed the showground at Burley-on-the-Hill on Sunday for the 179th Rutland County Show.

The rain held off for the popular show, a relief for organisers who had kept their fingers crossed for dry weather after a washout in 2009.

Fiona Dale exhibits one of her Highland cattle Photo: SM050611-110js

Fiona Dale exhibits one of her Highland cattle Photo: SM050611-110js

Jeremy Skipper, chairman of Rutland Agricultural Society which organises the show, said he was pleased with the success of the day.

He wasn’t able to give exact figures for how many attended the show but said there were “significantly” more people than at last year’s show, which attracted 5,000 visitors.

Mr Skipper said: “There seemed to be an awful lot of people and it was a very good show indeed.

“The weather helped because it was much better than the last two years. There was a few spots of rain in the afternoon but barely enough for an umbrella.”

The Royal Artillery motorcycle display team attracted large crowds, as did a lurcher display, a falconry display and the Leicester Tigers.

More than 100 trade and craft stalls were also on hand for the show, which is due to move to its new home off Burley Park Way in Oakham in 2013, as part of the Hawksmead development.