Show time pic­ture spe­cial

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple flocked to the cel­e­bra­tion of all things agri­cul­ture as the pres­ti­gious East of Eng­land Show got off to a fly­ing start.

De­spite a lack of sun­shine, around 30,000 packed the East of Eng­land Show­ground, in Peter­bor­ough, yes­ter­day for the first day of the three-day farm­ing ex­trav­a­ganza.

They were treated to a vast ar­ray of live­stock, and from horses to hounds, as well as some im­pres­sive ma­chin­ery in­clud­ing com­bine har­vesters and steam en­gines.

Vikki Guy, mar­ket­ing man­ager for the East of Eng­land Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, which or­gan­ises the event, said it was hoped to at­tract 100,000 peo­ple over the course of the three-days.

She said: “We are look­ing re­ally good for an­other good year and the weather is look­ing good as well.

“We haven’t had sun­shine to­day, but as long as it stays dry then that’s the main thing in the end.

“I think it’s pop­u­lar be­cause it’s some­thing dif­fer­ent, es­pe­cially if you live in the city to be able to get up close to the live­stock.

“There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one and par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren.”

The ma­jor­ity of the crowds headed straight for the cat­tle rings, while oth­ers chose to me­an­der around the many trade stands.

There was also a num­ber of peo­ple in­side the Exec Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall where the fi­nal of the Farm Schools Chal­lenge took place.

Af­ter months of pre­lim­i­nary rounds since Septem­ber, the 32 teams were whit­tled down to eight fi­nal­ists, which in­cluded Peter­bor­ough High School.

Dur­ing their 45 minute live cook­ing show, the school’s team of four Year 9 girls, El­lie-Rose Fowler, Emma Heys, Megan Frazer and Melissa Avi­son, rus­tled up a feast fit for a king.

It in­cluded a spe­cial lo­cal ver­sion of a Beef Welling­ton, which they aptly named Beefabor­ough.

Food technology teacher Gillian Ma­son said: “It’s been a lot of hard work but the girls have learned a lot of new skills on the way to the fi­nal.

“We are re­ally hope­ful of win­ning but we just think it’s great to get down to the fi­nal eight. It’s a fab­u­lous achieve­ment.”

Other ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week­end also in­clude live out­door mu­sic on the Plaza Stage and the North­ern Area Stage.

Gates for the show open again to­day and Sun­day from 8am to 6pm. Car park­ing is free. For more, visit www.east­ofeng­land.org.uk

ON PA­RADE: Charo­lais cat­tle are pa­raded for the judges at the East of Eng­land show. (METP-18-06-10dl567) Pic­tures: DAVID LOWN­DES

DIS­PLAY: Heavy horses in a car­riage driv­ing event at the show. (METP-18-06-

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