Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

Search

Video/Gallery: 175th Hadleigh Show goes back to its agricultural roots

10:42 21 May 2014

Crowds of people flocked to the Hadleigh show on Saturday . 
Stephen Gowing with Weylands Gifford.

Crowds of people flocked to the Hadleigh show on Saturday . Stephen Gowing with Weylands Gifford.

Archant

A 175-year-old country show harked back to its historic agricultural roots at the weekend while showcasing the best in modern farming methods.

The weather was kind to organisers of this year’s Hadleigh Show, with wall to wall sunshine attracting thousands of visitors to the leafy green setting of Holbecks Park.

They browsed among the aisles of trade stands, tucked into locally produced delicacies in the packed food hall and watched a host of entertaining displays in the show rings, including star attractions the Welsh Axemen and Cyril the Squirrel with his racing terriers.

With livestock farmers vying for rosettes across more than 150 classes for prize sheep, cattle, horses and goats, competition was fierce.

But according to this year’s show director Paul Gillies – who chose the theme ‘how we farm today’ – the star this time around was the farm machinery and demonstrations which highlighted the county’s rich farming heritage alongside modern agricultural practices.

Visitors to the Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association (HFAA) event were able to watch live demos and talk to farmers about how machinery such as seed drills, sugar beet harvesters and balers all contribute to the farming year and help to get our food from the field to the fork.

Mr Gillies said: “While the basic challenges of farming remain the same today, the machinery and methods we use have become bigger, faster and more efficient and we wanted to highlight this.

“In the past, we have strayed a little from our original brief, so this year we really wanted to get back to our agricultural roots with modern machinery demonstrations for arable, vegetable and livestock farming. I think last year there was only a couple of tractors in the show but this year there are around 30.

“I have to say that it has been a brilliant year with the weather on our side and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Last year, the show’s food hall grew in size by a third and that trend continued this year with record numbers of food producers applying to take part.

Shoppers were tempted by everything from locally produced ice-cream, chutneys, cheeses and cordials to wine, home-baked cakes and artisan chocolate.

The rural crafts and art exhibition tents provided opportunities to bag a one-off creation while the floral display and WI tents provided inspiration for those looking to take up a country pursuit.

The show, which has become a treasured part of the local community, was originally started in 1839 by the HFAA and only ceased to run for a brief period during the Second World War.

Fire crews called to eastbound A14

Motorists face queues on the A14 this afternoon after a vehicle fire brought traffic to a halt near Ipswich.

Students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy celebrating their GCSE results this morning.

It’s been a successful day for Ipswich as pupils and teachers celebrate outstanding GCSE results.

GCSE results day at Kesgrave High School. Jonathan Durston celebrates his results.

It is a very special day for Kesgrave star student and head boy Jonathan Durston - who discovered he had achieved 12 A*s and one A in his GCSEs this morning.

The unveiling of Major Henry Wigglesworth in Ipswich.

Today Major Henry Wigglesworth is back where he belongs after a lengthy stay in hospital.

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

Martlesham Parish Council has outlined its opposition to the proposed devolution deal for Suffolk and Norfolk.

Comedian was drunk and disorderly

A stand-up comedian has been given a conditional discharge after he swore at a police officer who saw him urinating in the doorway of an Ipswich Labour Club.

Melton railway station

Police have released the digital likeness of a man they are hunting in connection with a rape at Melton railway station, near Woodbridge.

Liverpool Street station

London’s Liverpool Street train station has been evacuated following reports of a suspicious package.

Gambling addict damaged machine

A gambling addict flew into a rage and damaged a £1,000 fruit machine after losing money at an Ipswich amusement arcade, a court has heard.

Holywells Park

A teenager who raided an Ipswich park kiosk three times in a week stealing ice creams and drinks worth £2,500 has been spared custody.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24