Sun shines on thousands at historic Burniston Show

Burniston Show 2011'Pony riders line up in the ring as judging gets under way'Picture by Neil Silk  113501s'29/08/11
Burniston Show 2011'Pony riders line up in the ring as judging gets under way'Picture by Neil Silk 113501s'29/08/11
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A BUMPER Bank Holiday crowd yesterday turned out in force to savour a popular Scarborough agricultural show.

Thousands of people flocked to this year’s 116th Burniston Show, which proved a hit with visitors of all ages.

Greeted by sun-kissed skies, the show, which again took place off the A165, featured a plethora of traditional attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

The shows main parade ring was a hive of activity as competitors feverously took part in various equestrian competitions, with a vintage tractor display also taking place.

Judges were also kept busy on the day as they pored over entries in various classes such as fruit, vegetables, flowers, crafts and home baking.

There were displays of prize-winning sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry throughout the day, with llamas and alpacas adding a new twist to proceedings.

Scarborough’s famous Dotty the Donkey - who two years ago fought off a Staffordshire bull terrier which was attacking a sheep - also proved a popular draw with crowds.

Alan Tomlinson, chairman of the show, said he was buoyed by the event’s success, which had overcome the recent heavy rainfall.

He said: “We have been fortunate enough to pick the good weather because the show was debatable with all of the rain.

“The weather had put it in doubt but the wind dried out the field and we made the decision that it was fine to go ahead.

“We are delighted with how it has gone and there were a lot of people here.

“The entries were up quite a bit this year in most of the sections and that was good to see.

“We also had some new sections including the Alpaca Society and the ferrets and llamas which were very popular too.”