Crowds flock to Eye show

GLORIOUS sunshine welcomed thousands to the Eye Show and Country Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend.Huge crowds poured on to Goodrich Park in Palgrave, near Diss, to watch aerobatic stunts, driving stunts and a host of other attractions.

GLORIOUS sunshine welcomed thousands to the Eye Show and Country Fair over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Huge crowds poured on to Goodrich Park in Palgrave, near Diss, to watch aerobatic stunts, driving stunts and a host of other attractions.

The good turnout was a huge relief for show organisers after last year's washout.

All eyes were on the skies as solo pilot Denny Dobson looped the loop in his Extra 300 stunt aircraft and the London Fire Brigade Parachute Display Team touched down on the centre of the showground with unerring precision.

The UK's largest car display stunt team Moto Stunts International performed tricks in trucks, quads and bikes while there was the chance to do some off-road driving in Land Rovers and displays of vintage and steam vehicles.

Show director Tim Seeley said: “It has just been perfect show weather after what has been a dreadful summer.”

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But behind the razzmatazz the show also celebrated its rural roots with displays exploring country life.

The history of forestry exhibition saw workmen lopping limbs from a stately oak which were effortlessly hewn into square timber by both a modern buzzsaw and its belching steam-powered predecessor.

It is only the show's second year at Goodrich Park after moving from its traditional home of Dragon Hill in Eye in 2005 and Mr Seeley said its new venue was helping develop the country theme.

The show started in 1915 as a horticultural exhibition and still hosts a flower show with an explosion of colour on display at the Norfolk and Suffolk Dahlia Society stand.

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