Huge crowd enjoys taste of British life at Bakewell Show

Bakewell Show 2012  - Scurry Driving championships
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A BUMPER crowd gave the Bakewell Show a sterling send-off for another year as thousands turned out for the second day of the agricultural celebration.

With grey skies casting a cloud over opening day, organisers hoped people would turn out in force to support the show’s second day yesterday - and they were not disappointed.

It was a day which saw conditions flit from sunny to dull, complete with sporadic bursts of pouring rain, but the typical British weather did little to deter crowds from revelling in a slice of traditional British life.

Nor did it deter traders and exhibitors from putting on a great display.

Linda Robbins, Bakewell Show spokeswoman, said: “After a bit of slow start on the first day we have had a bumper attendance today. The show manager is absolutely delighted. Everything has gone extremely well.”

Every year the show’s reputation as the ultimate agricultural celebration grows, but this year organisers can also lay claim to staging one of the summer’s most resilient events. As relentless rainfall caused cancellations of other shows across the area, organisers remained determined to continue, insisting visitors would enjoy themselves whatever the weather.

And proof of that was in the pudding - as youngsters tucked into ice creams while enjoying all the fun of the fair.

For older generations, there were plenty of chances to peruse a plethora of craft and gift stalls. One of the most popular crowd-pullers was the food and farming marquee, where a recipe corner set up last year made a welcome return.

The traditional Bakewell pudding was given a new modern twist with the Bakewell Brownie stand, a new addition which went down a treat.

The bucolic bonanza would not be complete without visitors being given a true glimpse of life on a farm, much to the delight of 36-year-old Angela Stevens, who flew halfway around the world for the event.

Every minute of the 24-hour flight from Sydney, Australia, to the heart of the Peak District was worth it when she got to try her hand at sheep-shearing.

Angela, whose love for Pride and Prejudice inspired the trip, said: “I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, I can easily get lost in her writing. When I saw the Peak District in the film I knew it had to be my next destination. The rolling hills and the breathtaking views - the English countryside just fills me with life when I think about it.”

This year is the first time Bakewell Show has been organised from its new purpose-built offices.

To celebrate, the organising team ran a project asking children from schools across Derbyshire to draw pictures depicting different aspects of the show.

Entries featured everything from fruit, vegetables and livestock to birds of prey and Punch and Judy.

The best of the bunch were handpicked by show manager Janet Bailey and were to be displayed in the main meeting room.

She said: “The pictures have been colourful and imaginative and the perfect link between a long-established event like Bakewell Show and the next generation.”