Rotherham town’s park is ready for North’s biggest free show

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BEAUTIFUL Clifton Park in Rotherham is the setting for the biggest free show in the North of England this Saturday and Sunday.

Rotherham Show will include favourites such as the vintage vehicle rally, horticultural show, the main arena and the Rotherham One Town, One Community Festival.

Helping the Mayor of Rotherham Coun Dave Pickering to open the show officially this year is Rotherham-born Olympic swimmer Joe Roebuck, who competed in the 200m butterfly in London.

The event will welcome an estimated 70,000 people over two days.

The vintage vehicle rally will include more than 100 cars from a 1935 Austin 10 Colwyn Cabriolet to a 1982 Mercedes Benz. The vehicles will also tour the borough on Sunday, starting at Drummond Street car park at 10.30am.

The Main Arena, hosted by Rother FM, will witness daredevil capers from the Stannage International Stunt Team, the Rockwood Dog Display Team and the wacky world of mascot racing.

And the show will bring music to the ears all weekend, with Saturday’s folk festival and Sunday’s day of jazz, closed by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Jive Aces.

For those who prefer the sounds of classic brass, Dinnington Colliery, Rotherham Town, Maltby Miners’ Welfare and Thurcroft Welfare bands will be playing on the Bandstand between noon and 3.45pm.

The Horticultural Show will welcome hundreds of home-grown wonders competing for trophies.

And in the One Town, One Community Festival, there will be crafts, arts, workshops and live performances.

Coun Roger Stone said: “If there is one event I know really does underline the very best spirit of our town it is the Rotherham Show. There are literally hundreds of things to see and do – please come along and enjoy yourselves.”