This year’s Euston Rural Pastimes is labelled ‘best ever’

A driving challenge saw ponies pull carriages with a driver and groom around a timed obstacle course

A driving challenge saw ponies pull carriages with a driver and groom around a timed obstacle course

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An annual celebration of our rural heritage saw thousands of people descend on Euston Park last weekend.

Tractor displays, live music, vintage and classic cars, falconry, hounds, sheepdog trials, dog agility and a heavy horse show all featured as part of the popular Euston Rural Pastimes event.

Dave Bennett and Roger Thread with a 1935 Leyland open pump, which was used in Dads Army

Dave Bennett and Roger Thread with a 1935 Leyland open pump, which was used in Dads Army

Chairman Chris Fogden said he thought it was their best one yet, despite visitor numbers being down compared to last year’s record attendance.

“I think it was our best ever, it really was, with a few layout changes,” he said, adding that he had attributed a fall in visitor numbers to the many competing events taking place on the same weekend.

He said there were some ‘superb’ ring events and the feedback from the public had been positive, with ‘The Devil’s Horsemen’ riding stunt team having gone down ‘very well’ and the British scurry and trials driving event, one of this year’s new attractions, another crowd pleaser.

The annual event, which is one of the region’s biggest country fairs, is expected to have raised up to £30,000 for local charities and good causes, with St Nicholas Hospice Care due to receive 40 per cent of the total.

The beauty and strength of Shire, Suffolk Punches and Percherons were on display

The beauty and strength of Shire, Suffolk Punches and Percherons were on display

Mr Fogden, chairman of two years, said it would not have been possible without the ‘wonderful’ team of volunteers and the Euston Estate.

A Ruston and Hornsby Lincoln steam engine

A Ruston and Hornsby Lincoln steam engine

Dog agility was one of the many activities on offer

Dog agility was one of the many activities on offer