Crowds come flocking to a show blessed by sunshine

Turnditch and Windley show: WI members Sally Wood and Jane Richardson.
Turnditch and Windley show: WI members Sally Wood and Jane Richardson.
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Around 3,000 people turned-out to Turnditch and Windley Show at the weekend after organisers saw the event blessed with sunshine.

Falconry displays, horse and carriage driving, a shire horse parade, Morris Minors, vintage tractors, a pet show, women’s institute crafts, a hog roast, a bar run by Shottle Brewery, trade stands and amusements were among the attractions.

Entries in the events competition classes including flowers and produce, an open pet show, many children’s classes, floral art, flowers, fruit, vegetables, eggs, cakes, preserves, handicrafts, art, photography and various horse and pony contests, which were up by more than 10 per cent.

Michael Halls, secretary to the show, said: “The weather made a huge difference. It was a huge contrast to the rain on Friday. We did have a sharp shower at the end which sent everybody home, but apart from that we were really lucky.

“Entries were up, which was great, particularly entries from children. We even had eight Victoria sponges which were baked by local children.

“We are very pleased and think there should be a healthy profit. The committee will meet later in the year to decide who to award the money to.

“We are always open to suggestions on how to improve the show. It’s all done by volunteers and we just want to maintain it as a good value village show.”

Around 60 shows have been held in and around Windley over the years, with the event starting post-war.

It started as a garden party organised by the WI at Lady Inglefield’s house