Rotherham Show: 80,000 people at biggest free show in the north - SLIDESHOW

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AROUND 80,000 people enjoyed family fun when Rotherham’s Clifton Park staged the biggest free show in the north of England.

A huge array of entertainment was on offer including daring displays by stunt teams, children’s funfair, locally-produced crafts and horticulture plus live music and dance and vintage vehicle.

Balancing act: A rider shows off his daredevil skills at the Rotherham Show.                                                           Photo: SARAH WASHBOURN.

Balancing act: A rider shows off his daredevil skills at the Rotherham Show. Photo: SARAH WASHBOURN.

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Organisers said the show, opened by Rotherham’s Olympic 200-metre butterfly swimmer Joe Roebuck, had been ‘heaving’ with people in the warm sunshine.

Among the families enjoying the fun were Claire Bagnell, son Alfie, aged four, and her mum, Michele Motay.

Claire, from Hoyland, said: “This is the first time we have come along but we thought we’d give it a try because the show is free to get in and there’s loads for families.”

One of the other big attractions was the fresh produce and crafts tent.

Among the busy stalls was Indian cook Kumkum Chandra’s display of cookbooks and jars of home-made chutneys and sauces.

Mrs Chandra, of Moorgate, said: “There have been a lot of people here and people have been particularly interested in my cookbooks,.”

Among her customers was Rose Addison, aged 88, from Broom, who said: “I come every year but it seems bigger this time than in recent years.”

Other entertainment included a dog show, horticultural show, jazz and folk music, performances from Dinnington Operatic Society and brass bands, gymnastics, taekwondo and stunt displays.

The vintage vehicle rally featured more than 100 cars ranging from a 1935 Austin 10 Colwyn Cabriolet to a 1982 Mercedes Benz.