Show escapes deluge by ‘skin of its teeth’

The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.   Vintage vehicles on display.
The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal. Vintage vehicles on display.
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THE MID and West Suffolk Show returned after a two year hiatus – surving the torrential rain that soaked most of the county.

Event organiser Gary Newland said the show, held at Stonham Barns, near Stowmarket, on Saturday and Sunday, managed to escape the deluge and went ahead – proving to be a terrific success.

The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.   Pat Symes (centre) with Anakin Moore (left) and Alixe Moore on the donkey rides.

The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal. Pat Symes (centre) with Anakin Moore (left) and Alixe Moore on the donkey rides.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club, who were exhibiting at the event, even gave a helping hand – pumping water from the worst hit areas and towing cars stuck in the mud.

The show’s crowds were entertained by a host of exhibits, stalls and spectacular shows, including a display by East Coast FMX motorcycle stunt team.

Gary said although numbers were down on the Saturday, Sunday’s crowd of more than 3,000 people more than made up for it.

He said: “The show got away just by the skin its teeth.

The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal.   Horses on display in the main arena.

The Mid Suffolk Show at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal. Horses on display in the main arena.

“We had a bit of flooding but having the Fire and Rescue Service there meant they could pump out some of he worst hit areas.

“Some of the show exhibitors couldn’t get here on the Saturday, mainly because of the weather elsewhere in Suffolk.

“Numbers were down on Saturday as the weather forecasts didn’t look good, even though we remained dry here.

But on Sunday we were abosolutely heaving.”