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The Solent Dog Display team was the star attraction at the annual Bedhampton Summer Show.

The event at Bidbury Mead Park attracted thousands of people for an afternoon of fun and games.

Blake Tracey at ''Bedhampton Show (151138-150)

Blake Tracey at ''Bedhampton Show (151138-150)

It was opened by deputy mayor of Havant, Councillor Faith Ponsonby, who, along with the organisers, released a dozen white doves.

The children’s fancy dress competition proved popular, as youngsters dressed up in doctors’ and nurses’ uniforms, cartoon characters, and even cowboys.

Christine Miller, chairperson of the show’s committee, said the dog agility display was the highlight.

She said: ‘It was a real team effort and the whole community came together.

Fancy dress competition (left) first place Tenay Rockey (7) and third place Jayden Rockey

Fancy dress competition (left) first place Tenay Rockey (7) and third place Jayden Rockey

‘Everybody stopped to watch the Solent Dog Display team because they were so entertaining.

‘They were very professional and a good highlight of the show.’

Sharon Donohue, from Leigh Park, was joined by her daughters Louise and Rebecca.

She said: ‘We try and come every year because it’s such a lovely event.

Doves are realised at the official opening of Bedhampton Show by (right) Deputy Mayor Faith Ponsonby

Doves are realised at the official opening of Bedhampton Show by (right) Deputy Mayor Faith Ponsonby

‘Although there’s always lots of people it’s very relaxed and good fun. And we always have a nice cream tea.’

There were dozens of stalls with bargain hunters queuing up to buy their wares.

The Bidbury Mead WI was there, along with the Havant Men’s Shed, older men’s group, a variety of singers and businesses.

And musical entertainment came from the Portsmouth City Band.

Louise Donahue (16), Rebecca Donahue (23), Gracie Brown (4), Lily Donahue (4), Sharon Donahue and Sean Donahue at the''Bedhampton Show  (151138-951)

Louise Donahue (16), Rebecca Donahue (23), Gracie Brown (4), Lily Donahue (4), Sharon Donahue and Sean Donahue at the''Bedhampton Show (151138-951)

Cllr Ponsonby said: ‘It is a wonderful show.

‘I know what it’s like putting on a show like this and the organisation that goes on beforehand is amazing.

‘It’s lots of hard work from lots of people – lots of dedicated volunteers.’

The show is supported by many local businesses and proceeds primarily support the work of the St Thomas and St Nicholas Churches, in Bedhampton, but other local charities also benefit.

n The News apologises that pictures from the 2014 Bedhampton Show were printed on Monday.

Bidbury Mead Women's Institute produce stall, Pauline Linter and  Linda Atkins.    Bedhampton Show, Bidbury Mead, Bedhampton.     (151138-963)

Bidbury Mead Women's Institute produce stall, Pauline Linter and Linda Atkins. Bedhampton Show, Bidbury Mead, Bedhampton. (151138-963)