Jumping for joy as weather holda at Bakewell Show

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There might have been grey clouds in the sky, but Bakewell Show provided a much-needed silver lining to a miserable summertime.

The celebration of all things agricultural proved as popular as ever as the showground welcomed thousands of visitors during the first day of the annual event.

A spot of damp grass did not deter fans of the show – now in its 182nd year – from donning their wellies to enjoy the wealth of attractions on offer.

The sun might not have had its hat on, but it did break through the clouds momentarily to shine a light on the swarms of people enjoying a grand day out.

With London 2012 bringing out the nation’s patriotic side, the quintessentially English experience provided visitors with a display of best of British to rival its Olympic athletes.

From stalls selling hand-crafted goods, to the local produce tantalising thousands of tastebuds, to the bright-coloured blooms which filled the horticultural marquee, the show paid homage to all that is great about England’s green and pleasant land.

For youngsters, there was good, old-fashioned entertainment with a modern twist in the form of Titan, the 8ft techno robot who talked and sung to captivated audiences.

As ever, the show’s centre ring proved a huge hit with all generations as young motorcycle stunt team The Imps took on daredevil feats and the mounted games and displays.

Show manager Janet Bailey said: “The first day went fantastically. It was perfect show weather - not too hot and a little breezy. Best of all, it didn’t rain.

“We had a slow morning at first, I think people were wondering whether to come out in case they got soaked, but once they realised they weren’t they came out.

“The traders are really pleased, they’ve had such a horrible summer, so many shows have been cancelled.

“The forecast is better for the second day, so I am telling people not to sit at home and to come and join us.”

One of the organisers’ key successes is keeping visitors coming back year after year, including couple Norma and George Futers, from the village of West Hallam.

The pair are such keen supporters of the event they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary there.

Self-confessed Bakewell Show addict Norma toasted the occasion 12 months late, as she broke her femur during her actual anniversary last year. She brought her whole family to the event and camped nearby.

Norma said: “Because we go camping we are well provided for wet weather gear and we prepare for it.

“I’m with the family, who will rally round and if necessary push my wheelchair to the side of the centre ring so I can watch while they are walking round.”

Prize-winning Brownies from the 1st Repton Pack demonstrated their culinary skills in the food and farming marquee.

Youngsters Abbie Toone, Sophie Jacobs, Sophie Taylor and Freyja Payne beat off competition from 50 teams in a contest to produce a picnic lunch for under £10 to win their prestigious place at the show.

Carol Hickebottom, Derbyshire spokeswoman for Girlguiding UK, said: “It was first held last year as a one-off, but proved so successful that it is now going to become and annual event.

“Girl Guides are very keen on challenges and we know how talented our girls are in so many ways.”