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THE annual Euston Rural Pastimes was an ‘amazing success’ according to organisers, as the sun shone on huge crowds.

While it is too early to tell if the money raised for local charities, including St Nicholas Hospice Care, will exceed last year’s total of £32,000, initial indications show that ‘money could be up’.

The show was fortunate to benefit from ‘amazing weather’ on Sunday and concerns that the strong winds that put a premature end to The Suffolk Show would affect the Euston event were unfounded.

The Rev Sally Fogden, one of the organisers, said phones were red hot’ as a record number of stallholders attempted to get last- minute spaces in this year’s show, after the closure of The Suffolk Show on Friday.

More than 6,000 people turned out to enjoy the sunshine and entertainment at the 21st annual show. Originally set up to raise funds for repairs to Honington Church, the event has raised more than £370,000 for the charities it supports during the past 20 years.

There were several new attractions this year, including the IMP’s Motorcycle Display Team, which proved to be crowd-pleasers with their high speed display. The team has riders as young as six and has performed all over the world.

The Sheep Show returned, having proved popular last year. There were also the traditional favourites, 48 heavy horses, 10 steam engines and classic cars once again drew in huge crowds.

The flower festival in Euston Church, proved to be one of the most popular parts of the show with the theme of The Queen’s Jubilee.

In the afternoon, there was a flypast from the 22 Sqn Search and Rescue helicopter from Wattisham and a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

“It is very sad about The Suffolk Show” said Mrs Fogden. “But this year’s Rural Pastimes was wonderful, an amazing success. The park was packed from front to back. It was so good to see so many people.”

Sue Long, from St Nicholas Hospice Care, said “I am so grateful to all the event organisers for their tireless hard work in planning and preparing the show”.

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