Emsworth Show is a big success

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

  • Event goes ahead despite heavy downpours in the morning
  • Crowds still came out to enjoy huge variety of entertainment
  • Flowers, plants, fruit and veg entries of a high standard
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MORRIS dancers, fabulous flowers and dancing horses made for what has been called one of the best Emsworth shows in years.

The annual extravaganza by Emsworth Horticultural Society saw less entries in the plants, fruit and vegetable competitions than normal but the quality was just as high.

Sarah Baldwin and her grandson Alfie, two, meeting Benedict the Alpaca with Natalya Walling-Scott. ks1500415-6 SUS-150831-172757008

Sarah Baldwin and her grandson Alfie, two, meeting Benedict the Alpaca with Natalya Walling-Scott. ks1500415-6 SUS-150831-172757008

Thousands of people gathered at Horndean Road recreation ground to enjoy the entertainment, which included the Homestead Dog Training Club, equestrian events and live music.

Although yesterday started off wet, the sun was out by late afternoon.

Graham Steel is the show chairman. He said: ‘It went remarkably well considering the terrible start.

‘At one point we didn’t know whether we could go ahead, the ground was so heavy with rain.

It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them. ‘They’ve all pitched in to make it very special

Graham Steel

‘But we did and, happily, we’ve been proved right.

‘It’s thanks to our tremendous volunteers – all 200 of them.

‘They’ve all pitched in to make it very special.

‘The quality of the entries in the horticultural show is very high.

151297-693_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Margaret Glover, Crofton Gardening Club. ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-693) PPP-150831-155922006

151297-693_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Margaret Glover, Crofton Gardening Club. ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-693) PPP-150831-155922006

‘I would say it’s probably the best in the county.’

Amie Crews, from Emsworth, enjoyed the day with her young family.

She said: ‘Last year was almost a wash out, which was such a shame.

‘But, as they say, the show must go on, and this year is probably the best I have been to in terms of size, variety and a nice mix of stands.’

151297-707_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Isobel Jones, (4) ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-707) PPP-150831-160012006

151297-707_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Isobel Jones, (4) ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-707) PPP-150831-160012006

There were live music performances all day, lots of entertainment for the children and fundraisng for Paul Newman’s Over the Wall charity with home made cakes and biscuits. And visitors could even handle birds of prey.

151297-727_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Isla Wimbush (3) on a fairground ride. ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-727) PPP-150831-160028006

151297-727_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Isla Wimbush (3) on a fairground ride. ''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-727) PPP-150831-160028006

151297-737_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015'''Ella Willoughby taking part in Donkey Derby.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-737) PPP-150831-160051006

151297-737_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015'''Ella Willoughby taking part in Donkey Derby.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-737) PPP-150831-160051006

151297-802_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Ollie Brown takes part in a drumming demonstration with Emilio Cinicola from Big Noise Community Samba Band.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-802) PPP-150831-160147006

151297-802_STUBBINGTON_31/08/2015''Ollie Brown takes part in a drumming demonstration with Emilio Cinicola from Big Noise Community Samba Band.''Stubbington Fayre & Donkey Derby, Stubbington Recreation Ground, Stubbington.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151297-802) PPP-150831-160147006