TENS of thousands of people from all over East Anglia flocked to the Suffolk Show this week to enjoy the many displays and activities on offer.
From show jumping and fair rides to vintage tractors and parades by the Royal British Legion, there was something to keep the whole family entertained.
Lisa Copping, from Thurston, was at Wednesday’s show with her daughter Lauren Palmer and son Nathaniel Copping.
“It’s just such a brilliant day out for them, there’s so much to do because you’ve got the livestock, the shops, the rides, something for all ages,” she said.
The highlight of Lauren’s day was watching the impressive military demonstration by servicemen from Wattisham Airfield.
After disembarking from a Lynx helicopter 150 feet in the air, the soldiers cleared the ground so that an Apache attack helicopter could land safely to be refuelled.
For Lisa it was seeing Princess Anne, who was there to present long service awards to farm employees.
George Emmett, 91, and Margaret Rush, 79, received awards for the many years they have worked at Ryece Hall Farms in Brettenham.
This year’s 180th show featured more trade stalls than ever before, something that Sue Smith, from Bardwell, and her daughters Jenny and Jay appreciated.
“The shops have been great - we can’t fit anything else under the pushchair and we have a lot to pick up on our way back,” said Jay.
The new Eat Street, sponsored by Greene King, offered visitors a place to enjoy local food and drink in relaxed picnic-style seating. Elveden had a large presence there, with two marquees and a private seating area.
Lord Iveagh said: “For us as a local business it’s lovely to be here and it’s so well organised, it’s blatantly going from strength to strength.”
Greene King event manager Claire Norris said: “We’re really delighted to be involved. It’s great to see lots of people sitting in the sun enjoying drinking local beers.”
“It’s a nice day out seeing things you don’t usually see,” said Sarah Patrick, from Barrow, with daughter Rosie.