Video: Rain dampens spirit at first day of Rotherham Show

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The wet weather dampened the spirit and visitor numbers at the first day of the Rotherham Show.

The annual event regular attracts about 70,000 people to Clifton Park over the weekend.

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But today visitor numbers were down and organisers hope the sunny weather forecast for tomorrow will encourage more people to attend.

Bluebell Wood Hospice fundraiser Nancy Pearson, who was on the charity’s stall, said: “It has been a bit slow this more, but we are ok this afternoon.

“We’re expecting more people tomorrow when the weather is better.

“I don’t think what has happened in Rotherham recently has put people off. It’s a family show and family orientated so I don’t think it’ll have any effect. It’s the weather.”

There was an increase in police presence at the show in the wake of a damning report into child sexual exploitation in the town revealed 1,400 children were groomed, raped and sexually abused for 16 years while those in authority took no action.

South Yorkshire Police said there is no evidence to suggest any protests or disorder will take place but officers will be on hand to respond to any issues throughout the event.

The family fun day features a range of attractions including a fairground, vintage vehicles, live music, a horticultural show and hundreds of stalls.

Before the event, Rotherham Council’s director of environment and development services Karl Battersby said: “The show is the biggest event in Rotherham’s annual calendar, enjoyed by tens of thousands of people every year.

“Given the intense international focus on Rotherham that has grown over the past week, it is more important than ever that we focus on this hugely popular event that has been bringing Rotherham’s communities together for more than 30 years.”

The show is open tomorrow from 10am to 5.30pm.