About 2,500 people attended the annual Brailes Village Show on Saturday afternoon, exceeding all previous attendance records.
After last year’s show was cancelled due to the wet summer, the committee worked even harder than usual to make sure the show was bigger and better than previous years – and it seems members did a rather fine job.
“This was one of the best shows yet,” said show president Sue Gilkes.
The show was celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and was opened by former councillor and local farmer Chris Righton who was born in the village in 1943.
During his opening speech he said: “Even though I was born in the year of the first show, I don’t even know if I attended it!” To give the event an authentic atmosphere, the WI and other ladies of the village provided tea and cakes in the village hall decked out as a 1940s tea room in their 1940s aprons and head scarves.
The traditional flower, vegetable and craft show attracted more than 600 entries with tough competition for all the cups and prizes on offer.
One success story was that of Roger Kirk from Brailes who took the top prize in the marrow class.
The dog show was also very popular, as was the family horse show with more than 200 entrants.
Displays in the main arena included Zumba, dog agility, a falconry display, Brailes Drama Club and vintage tractors and motorbikes.