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Show proves a scorching success

FAMILIES turned out in their thousands to enjoy glorious sunshine at the 105th Newport Show.

Figures are still being totted up following Saturday’s summer scorcher but organisers believe it was one of the biggest attendances in more than 100 years. Well in excess of 13,000 people flocked to the Chetwynd Deer Park showground for a full day of entertainment from gates opening at 8am.

Fine weather in the days leading up to the event help to boost advance ticket sales by more than 50 percent and thousands took advantage of the Early Bird discounts. Social media including Facebook and Twitter played its part in spreading the word.

Retail space was a sell-out weeks before, making the show one of the most popular dates on the calendar for traders from across the UK and Europe.

Show President June Tavernor said: “We were certainly blessed with the weather. We will be looking at the figures and assessing the event in greater detail in the coming few weeks, but so far we’ve had nothing but positive feedback making all the months of planning worthwhile.”

Main ring attractions included motorcycle stunts, decorated floats, vintage tractors and shire horses. Back by popular demand was the Inter Hunt Relay with horse riders from Shropshire and Staffordshire taking on a challenging obstacle course as they passed the riding crop.

Other attractions spread across the showground included the Lilleshall-based Airborne Gymnastics Club, Street Dance Telford, Whitchurch Dog Display Team, Stafford Morris Men, Dippy the Clown and Meirion Owen and his Quack Pack performing ducks.

Giant marquees filled with antiques, flowers and food all helped to make the day a huge success.

Cheering crowds welcomed the RAF Dakota fly-by team who flew over the showground giving families a wonderful view of the famous wartime transport aircraft.

The grand parade of winning cattle showed off husbandry skills from across Shropshire and neighbouring counties. Prize money of £13,000 saw superb entries in the livestock and equine classes.

A Schools Marquee, featuring photography and craft work by local schoolchildren, drew a crowd of proud parents to an awards presentation.

Kathryn Evans, who brought her family from Stoke, said: “It was our first visit and we just couldn’t believe how much there was to see and do. The setting was beautiful and the people really friendly. We’ll definitely return next year.”

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