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VIDEO: Thousands flock to 183rd Suffolk Show

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Thousands flocked to the Suffolk Showground this week for the 183rd annual Suffolk Show.

Despite grey skies and the threat of rain looming, the show, on Wednesday and Thursday, was as busy as ever.

Prince Harry visited Trinity Park on Thursday, taking a tour of the show and making at speech at the Grand Ring.

The Prince is the 30th royal to plant a tree at the site - his mother Princess Diana visited in 1986

Speaking on the opening day, Show Director Bill Baker said his team had faced a difficult challenge getting the event up and running.

“We are really excited with how it is going and the weather has fortunately relented,” he said.

“We had a tricky day setting up the show with the heavy rainfall yesterday - it was a test even for us. But we are very much open for business and with some sensible footwear we are all systems go.”

Bill said this year’s event was aimed at bringing in the youngsters, with the show offering free admission for under 14s for the first time and a new area aimed to get children interested in farming and food production.

He said: “We are currently standing in our new feature, the Farm Discovery Zone, which has been very well received.

“We have a hatchery where children can hold a chick, we have young calves and other farm animals from Easton Farm Park, kids can help cook pizza in our pizza oven and sit in modern farm machinery.

“It has been a very popular attraction.”

The event’s show rings featured a packed roster of competitions and animal demonstrations with the heavy horse and the Shetland Pony Grand National among the stars of the show.

Due to Tuesday’s wet weather the ground was too soft to display an Apache helicopter in the military zone although visitors were treated to a flyby, equipment demonstrations and could even see Royal Engineers train underwater in a huge diving tank.

The food hall was packed at lunchtime, filled with delicious smells and tasty treats.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mark Rundle, from the East Harling based English Whisky Company, said: “It looks to me there are slighly fewer people here than last year but Prince Harry is coming tomorrow so it should get busier. The sun is yet to come out too.”

 

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