Sunshine and smiles at summer shows

LAUGHTER Having a good giggle at Rowlands Castle are, from left, Maya Russell, Maddie Maguire, May Procter, Lily Sanders and Eleanor Palmer, all nine. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131892- 9431)
LAUGHTER Having a good giggle at Rowlands Castle are, from left, Maya Russell, Maddie Maguire, May Procter, Lily Sanders and Eleanor Palmer, all nine. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131892- 9431)

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THE glorious sunshine drew record crowds to a summer show.

Organisers of the Bedhampton Summer Show, in Bidbury Mead, said they were delighted with the turnout on Saturday.

Mike Turner estimated there were around 6,000 at the event – which had a distinct village feel to it.

The show is put on year, by St Thomas and St Nicholas parish.

Mr Turner said: ‘It’s been great this year with the weather. Last year it poured down – we were almost flooded out – but we went ahead anyway. We normally get a good crowd but I can’t ever remember seeing this many people before. I would say there are about 6,000.’

Just before the show opened there was a teddy bears’ picnic by the trees where 60 people enjoyed lunch.

The opening ceremony saw a piper perform The Skye Boat Song as 30 pure white doves were released.

Master of Ceremonies Jo Stevens said: ‘It was lovely. We wanted to open with a flourish.’

The Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corp entertained the crowds and there was lots of cheering for the children’s fancy dress competition.

There were stalls selling bric-a-brac and also stalls by local charities.

Visitors had a great choice of home made cakes to choose from.

Jill Guppy, from St Francis Place, Havant, said: ‘We come every year. There is a real village-y atmosphere. We really enjoyed the Portsmouth City Band.’

Over in Rowlands Castle the annual village fair saw traditional children’s rides, games, craft stalls, side shows, tug of war and fancy dress.

In the evening the fun continued with music in a marquee on The Green.