Chatsworth Country Show - SLIDESHOW

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THOUSANDS of visitors flocked to the Chatsworth estate at the weekend for its annual Country Show.

The Red Arrows were the biggest draw at this year’s event - making their first public aerobatic display since the death of team-mate Jon Egging just 13 days earlier.

The pony & trap competition proved popular

The pony & trap competition proved popular

They stole the show with a 20-minute display leaving a very moving gap in their regular formation to honour flight lieutenant ‘Eggman’, or Red Four.

VIDEO: Press the play button to see our slideshow of photos from this year’s Chatwsworth County Fair.

Squadron leader Graeme Bagnall said: “It has been difficult on one hand, and joyous on another, as this has been our chance to honour our lost friend.”

There was plenty more to keep the crowds entertained during the three-day event, with highlights including freefall parachuting, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers band, and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

A general view of the Red Arrows display at Chatsworth Country Fair in Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 2, 2011. The Red Arrows gave their first public aerobatics display today since the death of one of their pilots. See PA story DEFENCE RedArrow. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

A general view of the Red Arrows display at Chatsworth Country Fair in Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 2, 2011. The Red Arrows gave their first public aerobatics display today since the death of one of their pilots. See PA story DEFENCE RedArrow. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

Hundreds of stalls, a ferris wheel and helter skelter jostled for attention with dog agility courses, gun dog displays and horse and carriage racing.

There were classic cars and buses, crafts and local produce, and plenty of rides and attractions for children.

Show president, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan said: “Being president is a huge honour. I come down to the show every year. The show brings excitement to the area, caters for everybody and it’s a great social occasion with plenty of good food and drink.”

Last year’s president Alan Titchmarsh said: “It has been another wonderful weekend.”

Outgoing president Alan Titchmarsh with the new one Michael Vaughan

Outgoing president Alan Titchmarsh with the new one Michael Vaughan

The Duke of Devonshire, said: “It has been a fantastic success, we are really thrilled. The Country Fair is the biggest event that happens at Chatsworth.

“We are honoured to have had the Red Arrows here. It was very moving, but a marvellous opportunity for everyone to pay their respects to a very brave, very courageous and very professional group of people.

He added: “It was a very special occasion, despite mixed emotions, for them and for us.”

Chatsworth Country Show: The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh

Chatsworth Country Show: The Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh