6,000 at Deeping Show on Saturday but don’t ask about wet Sunday...

Toddler Jack Sylvester (22 months) enjoys a ride on the fun fair with his mum Amanda. Photo: SM020612-069js
Toddler Jack Sylvester (22 months) enjoys a ride on the fun fair with his mum Amanda. Photo: SM020612-069js

SUNDAY’S rain didn’t stop play at the 67th Deeping Agricultural Show and Country Fair, but the big crowds stayed away.

Show chairman Ian Allen said between 5,000 and 6,000 people poured through the gates on Saturday while he “didn’t dare ask” the number for Sunday.

He said: “It was just drab and dismal with the weather. You can’t blame people for not coming. It’s just one of those things and we have to accept it. We didn’t have to cancel anything.”

Sunday’s events featured arena attractions such as the Roman Charioteers of The Devil’s Horsemen stunt team and a return visit by Cyril The Squirrel and his racing terriers.

Show attractions included show jumping and showing classes for horses and ponies, vintage farm machinery, such as tractors and static engines, and military vehicles.

Cattle and sheep competitions started on Saturday morning and there was a grand parade in the main ring in the afternoon.

There was a rural industries marquee, which showcased a variety of traditional crafts, as well as exhibitions featuring children’s work, art, crafts, flowers, photography and cookery.