Record-breaking crowds turned out this bank holiday weekend to Our Show in Little Easton. Basking in summer sunshine, visitors were delighted by the entertainment on offer, and the fantastic, welcoming atmosphere of the Show was commented on by many throughout the two days.
- On Sunday, 27Strings, a folk band of boys at the Bishop’s Stortford High School went down a storm with the crowd, and on Monday The Downside had visitors dancing on The Manor lawn.
- The arena was a real hit with a constant flow of entertainment; Victor Pitts’ expert handling of his sheepdogs to herd ducks launched the fun; the Essex Foxhounds tumbled over each other to meet the crowds; a classic Tug-of-War saw the girls beat the boys, and a 1919 Le Rhone Rotary engine in action took the crowd back in time.
- A captivating display was given by Nick Moon on Professor Dumbledore, who via a head-mike talked the crowd through the art of show-jumping, sharing his thoughts and insights moment-by-moment – a real experience.
- From the Horticultural Marquee, a huge congratulations go to John Livings who won the most trophies in the Show! A particular delight this year was the increase in number and standard of children’s entries.
- This year’s animal parade featured a Red Poll Bull and for the first time we were able to present English Long-horn cattle – popular in 18th century England – a magnificent, docile breed. Alpacas were a big hit in the Animal Marquee.
- Out on the lawns, car enthusiasts were wowed by P&A Wood’s launch of the new Rolls-Royce Wraith and rides around the village in P&A Wood’s 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost were a highlight of the day for many, helping to boost funds for the Show. The Classic Car Show was won by Alan Thompson’s Jaguar XK140.
- The Bar, and numerous food stalls, provided sustenance for the many visitors while the tractors, small engines and ploughing matches met the interests of many.
- The Show provided much, much more … Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our volunteers, local businesses and sponsors, all of whom are committed to provide a great time for all with the aim of raising money for the upkeep of the historic buildings of the churches of The Five Parishes.
“We had a great turnout – the best ever we believe. I’ve heard so many comments about the fantastic, welcoming atmosphere. On behalf of the churches of The Five Parishes, I just want to thank all who came and our many volunteers, local businesses and sponsors who’ve worked so hard to make the Show a success”.
Canon Ivy Crawford
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