The sun came out to swell our show crowds

Some magnificent Hereford cattle on show at the event
Some magnificent Hereford cattle on show at the event

THOUSANDS of people headed to Todmorden last weekend to spend a day at Todmorden Agricultural Show.

Forecast rain held off and helped swell the crowds for a full day’s entertainment, with 300 more guests at an evening celebration in the members’ marquee at the Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, showground.

And there will be the chance to watch at least some of it again later in the year as TV comedian and presenter Adrian Edmondson and his production crew spent several hours at the show filming for a new programme.

Ade In Britain is due to be screened in November and among those interviewed was Todmorden Agricultural Society president Mr Peter Cryer, who outlined its history.

Show general secretary Mr Rob Goldthorpe said this year’s event was certainly a success and although it was hard to quantify the numbers attending it was in the thousands.

“One of the food traders has given us some excellent feedback. He has contacted us to say ‘the attendance was magnificent, the crowds happy and well entertained’,” he said.

“There were many thousands there - everywhere you went on the park, it was hard work getting there!”

Mr Cryer added: “It went very well - it was an excellent day and people seemed pleased.

“The Ade In Britain programme is going out in November and it’s good publicity for the show.”

With sections reporting good levels of entries in traditional sections including sheep, horses and cattle, there were also bumper entries in sections like arts and crafts where the children’s section alone saw 1,000 exhibits mainly made by local youngsters.

The special events ring drew good crowds all afternoon, especially for some rare breed pig racing, and they also appreciated the skills shown by some duck-herding border collies and kept their eyes on the horizon for some swooping birds of prey in another of the displays.

Heavy agriculture, tractor and vehcile parades completed the spectacles, while the mild weather ensured many people remained late into the afternoon watching the show jumping classes.

l Were you at this year’s show? We might have taken your picture! See pages ten and eleven for results and a photo spread. And watch out for more on the show next week.