Record for Little Royal

Bakewell Show......Heavy Horses on show in the main ring
Bakewell Show......Heavy Horses on show in the main ring
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THE Bakewell Show has been hailed a resounding success by organisers - with show manager Janet Bailey declaring a record turnout for the event.

The two-day spectacle - affectionately known as the Little Royal - attracted bigger than average crowds to the Bakewell Showground on Wednesday, with numbers boosted by the warm sunshine.

Hundreds of stands, displays and competitions were on offer for visitors alongside traditional homemade foods and produce in marquees dotted around the venue.

Janet told The Star this year’s event - the 181st show - was “absolutely fantastic”.

“Wednesday was definitely a record for people coming through the gate. There were lots of people, but not as many yesterday, which got off to a bit of a wet start.

“Having said that, there were still an awful lot of people out there, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves, which is what it’s all about.”

The manager said her personal highlight was the horse-drawn hearse class, held for the first time at Bakewell.

“There was an awful lot of interest and a beautiful turnout. It was lovely to watch,” she added.

She said attendance figures have yet to be confirmed, as tickets sold online and in advance need to be accounted for.

“We’ve had some really lovely comments from people, particularly from people involved in other shows.

“It’s always nice when your peers tell you you’ve done a good job.”

Janet said she believed Wednesday was one of the hottest Bakewell Show days ever - thermometers reached a scorching 24 degrees Celcius.

“The ice cream sellers must have been very happy,” she added.

There was a slight reduction in entries in the dog show, horse classes, and poultry and pigeon contests, Janet admitted.

“It’s not just us, it’s countrywide - I think for some people it’s the cost of diesel.

“They’re probably being more selective about how far they travel rather than going long distances.

“Our regular supporters were still here.”