Thousands flock to town for action-packed show

LITTLE AND LARGE: Horses on their way for judging.
LITTLE AND LARGE: Horses on their way for judging.

An action-packed day was had by all as thousands of visitors flocked to Hadleigh Show.

Now in its 175th year, the show at Holbecks Park served up an array of farming attractions as temperatures soared into the mid-20s on Saturday.

Countless animal classes ran throughout the day, with cows, sheep and horses all taking centre stage, while there were also numerous demonstrations, including dancing sheep and sheepdogs rounding up ducks.

This year, the event followed the theme of “how we farm today”, with greater emphasis on the farm machinery used and also agriculture in days gone by.

Paul Gillies, show director of the event – organised by the Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association – said the glorious weather had helped contribute to a fantastic day.

“We could not have asked for anything better and it was a great year for the show,” said Mr Gillies.

“This year, we really wanted to get back to our agricultural roots with modern machinery demonstrations for arable, vegetable and livestock farming. We wanted to do something different and have had lots of positive feedback.”

The show’s food hall also welcomed a record number of producers – and was a big hit with visitors.

It is estimated that a record 13,500 people attended the show.