Sun smiles on Deeping Show and crowds turn out for fun

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Organisers of Deeping Agricultural Show are celebrating a bumper year after people turned out in their thousands for fun in the sun.

There was a packed programme of entertainment, the usual popular cattle, sheep and poultry shows, a thrilling gymkhana and displays of vintage tractors as well as exhibitions featuring country crafts.

Erica Daniels sails over a jump on Lucy Lucerne. SG131-TW

Erica Daniels sails over a jump on Lucy Lucerne. SG131-TW

Last year stalwarts battled on through heavy rain to make sure the show went on but the weekend’s sunshine meant there was a big turnaround in fortunes.

Ian Allen, show chairman for the last 25 years, said: “It was excellent. It’s the best one we have had for six or seven years.”

Figures on attendance – and the amount of cash raised – will be known in a few days’ time.

Mr Allen said: “The treasurer has not done his figures yet, but he was smiling.”

Charlie Palmer, Robert Buckberry, Shane Palmer, Christopher Mourton and Daniel Mourton exhibited five vintage tractors. SG010613-124TW

Charlie Palmer, Robert Buckberry, Shane Palmer, Christopher Mourton and Daniel Mourton exhibited five vintage tractors. SG010613-124TW

Some of the proceeds will be donated to Deeping Men’s Group, who help the disabled, and to Deeping Scouts.

The main ring was the setting for horse and pony events on Saturday, but the emphasis was on entertainment on Sunday as the Kangaroo gymnastics team, Nij Vyas sheep dog display team and Cyril the Squirrel and his racing terriers took centre stage.

There was more to watch in the entertainment marquee, including Deeping Ministry of Dance, and the rural marquee focused on displays such as sheep shearing, wool spinning, basket weaving, painting and upholstery.

Keen shoppers had a whole mall of tempting treats.