Thousands flock to country show

Suffolk Punch horses on display at the show. Pic by Tony Coombes

Suffolk Punch horses on display at the show. Pic by Tony Coombes

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THOUSANDS of people headed to Alexandra Park during the weekend to visit the annual Hastings Town and Country Show.

The two-day event on Saturday and Sunday saw more than 5,000 visitors through the gates, say organisers.

The show, which was in its fifth year, offered a variety of attractions including pony rides, animals to hold and pet, and birds of prey flying displays.

The Horkesley Park heavy horse display team came with Suffolk Punch horses.

Mediaeval knights performed fighting demonstrations at the Swords of Chivalry re-enactment village.

Children’s entertainment included a traditional Punch and Judy show and other games.

People could also take part in stick furniture making. The 1066 Spinners were also at the show.

On Sunday (July 21) a companion dog show was held, raising hundreds of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Emma Owen, director of organisers Oakleigh Fairs, said: “The show was as lovely as ever. We like coming to Hastings.

“We had terrier racing with the children joining in and having an absolute hoot. The birds of prey flying displays saw stacks of participation from children and adults alike. We also had a really good turnout for the dog show on Sunday.”

Next year’s show takes place on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.