Hope Show at the heart of the community

The annual Hope Show took place on Monday (26 August) and attracted a large crowd. Our picture shows action from the stunt riding show.
The annual Hope Show took place on Monday (26 August) and attracted a large crowd. Our picture shows action from the stunt riding show.
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Tweeds and tradition were the order of the day as the Peak District gave visitors a glimpse of the good life.

Thousands of people flocked to Hope Show for a celebration of the countryside, agriculture and all things bright and beautiful.

Show president Roger Dickson, who first visited the event in 1934 at the tender age of eight, said: “The show is a marvellous getting together of farming communities who through their contribution and efforts provide a great educational spectacle – an exchange of ideas between people from a range of rural industries.

“Those members of the public who visit leave with a better understanding of what farming and rural industry is all about.

“It provides a social anchorage for all the villages in the valley and far and wide.”

The annual show featured the staples of rural life – from sheepdog trials to horse displays and gun dog competitions.

Meanwhile, farming folk proudly showed off their best cattle and sheep to compete for a place in the grand parade. The National Farmers’ Union also took its Let’s Talk Farming roadshow to the event. Peter Atkin, show chairman and Derbyshire NFU county chairman, said: “Farming is a very important industry in the Peak District and is responsible for maintaining the fine landscape that many millions of people come to visit.”

“Even the moorlands, which are often seen as natural, are a product of many centuries of man’s management. They now produce some of the finest sheep, especially Swaledales.”

But there was plenty of fun away from the agriculture, too. Jaws dropped at the amazing stunts performed by the Blazing Saddles team, who performed a range of acrobatics on horseback.

Petrolheads got their fix at a vintage and classic car display, which featured a huge collection of vehicles from bygone eras.

Fabulous food and delicious local produce were showcased across hundreds of stalls, while the horticulture tent proved a hit with green-fingered gardening enthusiasts.

Teas, coffees and home-made cakes at the Hope Show refreshment tent came courtesy of the Friends of Hope Primary School. Parents had been hard at work making muffins and brownies to sell to visitors.

The group were taking part in the show to raise funds for practical assistance and social activities for pupils at the school - everything from trips to PE equipment.

Every year Hope Show raises thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations and it has further cemented its place at the heart of the community.