Show time picture special
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-