Thousands enjoy the sun at ‘Little Royal’

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Fine weather ensured thousands of people flocked to the first day of the 185th Bakewell Show. The annual agricultural spectacular, affectionately known as the ‘Little Royal’, kicked off on Tuesday with a special equestrian day and the main show got under way on yesterday.

Visitors to the event, held at Bakewell Agricultural Showground, were able to enjoy a huge range of attractions and displays, including livestock competitions, show jumping, vintage motorbikes and more.

Judges in the horticultural tent at the Bakewell Show 2015.

Judges in the horticultural tent at the Bakewell Show 2015.

There was a display of medieval jousting in the centre ring, courtesy of the Knights of the Damned stunt team.

Show manager Janet Bailey said: “The sun is shining, which we’re grateful for.

“We’ve got the Knights of the Damned in the centre ring putting on a spectacular display. They have been once before a few years ago but it’s their 10th anniversary this year and they’re putting on a special programme.

“It’s nice because the chap who runs the team used to compete in the mounted games so he’s got good links to Bakewell Show.”

Jo Billings is pictured giving her cattle a bath ready for showing later in the day.

Jo Billings is pictured giving her cattle a bath ready for showing later in the day.

When asked why people return to the show year after year, Janet said: “I think it’s because we’ve got such a long tradition. We’ve been going such a long time. People come with their families, and people who came with their parents when they were younger now come with their children, which is great because children are the customers of the future.”

Showgoers can browse a selection of trade stalls, watch the mounted games competition and see livestock winners in the grand parade. There’s also plenty for children to do, with a cupcake competition, fairground rides and a ‘beach’.

Derek Tindall, who has been bringing his birds of prey to the show from Lincoln for more than 10 years, said: “It’s just a lovely family show, very friendly.

“We’re always on the Village Green which just gets bigger and better every year.”

Members of the Hope Valley Country Market with a selection of cakes. Pictured are Cheryl Mulvey, Dorothy Vernon, Claire Shaw, and William Bramhall-Shaw.

Members of the Hope Valley Country Market with a selection of cakes. Pictured are Cheryl Mulvey, Dorothy Vernon, Claire Shaw, and William Bramhall-Shaw.

There is also music, refreshments and arts and crafts.

Bakewell Show continues today.

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Action from ring 1 in class 63 training stakes class.

Action from ring 1 in class 63 training stakes class.

Bakewell Show 2015. Riders getting ready in ring 1 for class 63 training stakes class.

Bakewell Show 2015. Riders getting ready in ring 1 for class 63 training stakes class.

Janet Houghton and Alan Cargo give their rabbits a hair wash and blow dry in preperation for judging.

Janet Houghton and Alan Cargo give their rabbits a hair wash and blow dry in preperation for judging.