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Thousands turn out for this year's Leek & District Show

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves and Abbey Buxton

  • Thousands of people enjoyed a day in the sun at this year's Leek & District Show.

  • The Flyin Ryan motorcycle display team in action.

  • Flyin Ryan Team.

  • Flyin Ryan Team.

  • Flyin Ryan Team.

  • Flyin Ryan Team.

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Around 10,000 people enjoyed a day in the sun to remember at this week's Leek & District Show.

The showground at Birchall Playing Fields, Leek, was packed on Saturday with people from across the district and wider afield

Along with the usual shire horse, pony, dog, horticultural, WI and livestock competitions, there were more than 100 trade stands and marquees, along with some charity stalls.

The police were also there to make sure there were no problems, supported by their latest addition to the Staffordshire force's vehicle fleet, Trevor the Tractor.

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The entertainment as always was geared to all the family, with an appearance by singer and songwriter Gavin Sutherland on the Moorlands Radio stand, as well as show jumping Llamas and a motorcycle stunt team in the main arena.

Leek Show President and show director Derek Torr said: "This year's show went extremely well and the weather was perfect.

"We had over 100 trade stands and had to close the entry for any more.

"I think we have only ever done that once before. I understand this has been the same at other shows. I think it's because these shows are just becoming so popular for businesses to get involved in.

"The shows provide entertainment for both urban and rural residents; there is something for everyone."

Mr Torr, who has been the show's president for 18 years, added: "I would like to say a big thanks to all involved, especially our hard working, excellent show committee."

Leek Show committee chairman Margaret Norbury said: "It has been a great show with the Donkey Derby added this year."

Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison attended the Leek Show to help give out trophies on the day.

He told the Post & Times: "It has been absolutely wonderful today. The weather has been brilliant to us and the support from the public has also been wonderful. It's what Leek Show is all about.

"A big thanks goes to all involved from the organising committee to the many sponsors, especially Leek United Building Society, which took on the main sponsorship this year."

Mr Harrison added: "Having such a prestigious show for our town is great.

"It is well know throughout the country and brings in the finest agricultural animals from across the country.

"It is a wonderful asset to the town and the Staffordshire Moorlands district.

"Congratulations are certainly in order as it has been another wonderful year for the Leek Show."

Ryan Adams, aged 13, from Chell Heath was at Leek Show with his family and their pet Westie Charlie.

Ryan said: "I think Leek Show is good.

"My favourite bit is getting the freebies at the stands. I also loved watching the llamas and the hounds displays."

Penny Johnson, aged 39, from Cheadle said: "I've been coming to the show for a few years now and it gets better and better.

"It helped that the weather was so good.

"I stayed all day and always had something fresh and interesting to look at – I think my favourite was the dog show."

For Leek & District Show results and more pictures, see Pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 32.

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