Hundreds pack out Southsea for the biggest Rural and Seaside Show yet

Donkey rides proved very popular
Picture: Paul Jacobs (160245-7)

Donkey rides proved very popular Picture: Paul Jacobs (160245-7)

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HUNDREDS of people packed out Southsea seafront to revel in blissful weather and enjoy plenty of family fun.

The Rural and Seaside Show opened up to the public on Saturday and is due to conclude today.

Dog agility

 at thr show Picture: Paul Jacobs (160245-11)

Dog agility at thr show Picture: Paul Jacobs (160245-11)

The free three-day spectacle on Castle Field has everything from live entertainment, stalls, animal displays and archery.

Andrea Wingfield, of Southsea, watched the action yesterday with husband Phil, 38, son Toby, six and friend Jenny Chandler, 58.

The 42-year-old said: ‘This is the first time I’ve been to the show and it’s just lovely. It’s such a friendly event.’

A delighted Toby added: ‘I loved watching all the dogs and the cars – that was my favourite part.’

Dog agility poodle Juno (160245-2)

Dog agility poodle Juno (160245-2)

There was plenty of family favourites on offer, from heavy horse displays, donkey rides, sheep grazing, classic cars, ferret racing and archery.

New to this year’s programme was the Canine Corner – which was loaded with dog shows and displays – and the chainsaw carving.

Heather Todd assistant events manager for Portsmouth City Council said there was plenty more still to see today, with show jumping throughout the day.

She added: ‘There’s nothing else quite like this. We were concerned sharing the day with the Summer Show but it’s been a brilliant success. It’s one of the best yet.’

Dog agility poodle Luna (160245-3)

Dog agility poodle Luna (160245-3)

The Rural and Seaside Show runs from 10am to 5pm.

Finley Watkins

Finley Watkins

Dog agility

Dog agility

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