Traditional show goes from strength to strength

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FOR eight decades now, thousands upon thousands of country fair revellers have descended upon north Derbyshire to savour the sights, sounds and smells of traditional rural life at one of the country’s best loved village extravaganzas.

And this year was no exception as an estimated 10,000 fun-seeking visitors turned out to the 80th Ashover Show on Wednesday to see dozens of horticultural, livestock and agricultural competitions with entries from across the region.

Show president Aileen Taylor said: “Over the years I’ve seen this event go from strength to strength, yet still retain the spirit of a true agricultural and horticultural show. This is due to the dedication of many, many people who put in a lot of hard work to make sure everything is such a success,” she added.

This year’s jam-packed, family friendly show boasted a number of attractions including cute alpacas, cattle, sheep and shire horse competitions, finger-licking food and delicious drink as well as floral exhibits, craft displays, dog shows and tractor demonstrations.

And the event saw a visit from Sky TV which is filming a new comedy drama called The Starlings, starring funnyman Steve Coogan.

It was virtually, if not totally, impossible to spot a glum-looking face as the crowds poured into the show, on Rectory Fields.

Ernest and Mavis Smith, from Wingerworth, have been visiting the event for about three decades.

Seventy-year-old Ernest said: “Ashover Show is fantastic and really important – it’s part of our wonderful heritage.

“It gets bigger and better every year. Long may it continue,” he added

Matlock woman Tricia Walton, who was accompanied by husband Paul and grandchildren Eva, one, and Oliver, eight, said: “It’s such a popular show with something for all the family. I used to come with my grandfather and now I’m coming with my little grandchildren. I love it.”