Thousands revel in Bank Holiday spectacular

Glorious sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday ensured that the 164th Moorgreen Country Show would prove an outstanding success — as thousands revelled in the atmosphere.

The ever-popular event, which had started on Sunday, attracted a total of 15,000 people from many parts of the country over the two days.

Show secretary Alison Pilling said: “The weather did not really fulfil its potential on Sunday but certainly made up for it on Monday.

“New features this year included a milking parlour display and terrier racing, while it was certainly a novelty to have a Dalek roaming around the showground.

“I was especially delighted that there were a lot of new exhibits in the village green tent, which featured such attractions as woodland crafts, a chainsaw artist and bygone cycles.”

Joseph’s Amazing Racing Pigs, which hurtle down a track at the mere hint of food, have become firm show favourites and this year was no exception.

With a strong emphasis on agriculture, horse ploughing and a working demonstration of a 1932 threshing machine were nostalgic reminders of past farming methods.

In the poultry section, Nancie Hutchinson and her assistants, Clare Beebe and Paul Fox, put on an impressive array of chickens and waterfowl.

Also on target with the crowds were the Crusader Bowmen, who gave spectators the chance to have a go at archery.

The JC Balls digger dance team from Ambergate again entertained with their amazing routine and Monday’s main-ring programme was rounded off by the energetic Dove Valley Gundogs.

There was also space for the Midlands Rat Club, a funfair, food tent, beer tent featuring offerings from breweries from Ilkeston and Eastwood, including Nutbrook and Blue Monkey, exotic animals, ploughing matches, an array of classic cars and trucks and trade stalls.

Despite a difficult growing season, the horticultural tent provided its usual blaze of colour. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Broxtowe, Coun Iris White, who was introduced by show president John Holmes, of BBC Radio Nottingham.

Brian Keetley (80) and his wife, Margaret (82), are official sponsors of the show, which they have attended for 18 years.

“We are always keen to support the show, even though my wife is now in a wheelchair,” said Brian. “It is a wonderful show and we look forward to coming every year.”

In fact, Moorgreen is now the oldest country show in England and it continues to go from strength to strength.