The 105th Wilmslow Show was bathed in sunshine on Sunday when thousands of residents and visitors made their way to the Carnival Field to enjoy a great day out.
Supported by Wilmslow Town Council, the event is one of the biggest in the town's calendar and this year moved to its new home to ensure that the fun wouldn't stop even if it rained. In the event, no brollies were needed – only sunglasses, and all the worries about weather and location proved unfounded.
Chairman Frank McCarthy said, "After 16 years holding the Wilmslow Show at the High School, and the upset of cancelling it three times during that period because of adverse weather conditions and the effect on the playing field, the decision to move the venue was effectively forced upon us. Had we stayed at the school, and another cancellation taken place, it could well have heralded the end of the show. It is only thanks to the understanding and support of the Town Council that this year's show was able to take place."
The introduction of the shuttle bus to and from the Broadway Meadow car park proved successful and ensured that the crowds could come along in spite of previous concerns about parking.
Frank said, "On the day, we were blessed with wonderful weather, and all the sleepless nights and worries were swept away with the continuous flow of families through the turnstiles!"
Organisers says all records were broken, with the number of visitors breaking the previous record set at the 100th Show five years ago.
The show was officially opened by Cllr Martin Watkins, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council, who also presented the prizes in the floral marquee, and also present at the show for the first time was new Tatton MP Esther McVey.
All the usual attractions were available to enjoy including live music throughout the afternoon, floral displays, around 100 stalls and the dog fun shows made a welcome return. Arena events included Jema Leopold with her equestrian display, dog and duck display, dance groups, marching bands, a taekwando display and there were also fun fair rides and an array of classic cars to view.
Plus the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean displayed a selection of scarecrows marking the culmination of the 2017 Scarecrow Festival.
The Wilmslow Show is run by a handful of unpaid volunteers who work through the year to organise this popular event. They would love to encourage more people to help out with next year's show. If you are interested, please contact the Chairman on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Libby from The Feathery Folk with Edna a Blue Wingged Kookaburra and 5 year old Archie. Celine, 7, practising her circus skills.