Aerial photo reveals shape of popular agricultural event

Southsea Common laid out for the Royal Counties Agricultural Show in 1939
Southsea Common laid out for the Royal Counties Agricultural Show in 1939
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The long white marquees and tents of the Royal Counties Agricultural Show form geometric patterns on Southsea Common in this aerial photograph taken in the summer of 1939 shortly before the Second World War broke out.

It was the eighth time this popular event had been held on the common and it ran from May 31 to June 3.

Prize animals are led around the show ring

Prize animals are led around the show ring

The king’s birthday parade on June 8, 1939, had to be moved to Fort Grange, Gosport, because of the show.

The second picture shows prize animals being led around the show ring at the same show.

Although the weather was remarkably fine, the attendance was only 61,000 and did not reach, as had been hoped, the record 1925 figure of 79,000.

The council’s profit from the show was £1,584.