Video: Thousands enjoy shopping delights at Suffolk Show 2011
Shopping has drawn people to the Suffolk Show for many years.
And with the offering more diverse than ever this year it’s no surprise attendees are enjoying a bit of retail therapy.
Thousands of customers have been indulging in the shopping area of the Trinity Park show, buying everything from clothes to cars to hot-tubs.
As always there are a large number of independent businesses here selling beautifully unique pieces of jewellery, bags and garments.
And it seems shopping is definitely a family activity
Angie Graycon has been treating her daughters to a shopping spree while also looking for things her husband might like.
The Ipswich 48-year-old said: “For the girls and I, it’s all about the clothes.
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“But my husband works in farming so we have to take a look at the agricultural stands as well and report back.”
Meanwhile, for Sue Parsons and her daughters Hannah and Esme this year’s show is particularly special.
The trio have a tradition of attending every year.
However, 18-year-old twins Hannah and Esme are will be leaving Suffolk to go to university later this year.
Ms Parsons described the event as their “final fling”. She said: “We’ve been shopping here together every year since the girls were children.
“They’re very creative so we always go straight to the craft tent and look at the jewellery and scarves and bags.”
She added: “We always see things we like.”
With customers happy, unsurprisingly retailers are having a good show too.
Sue Rowe is selling a variety of hats and reported yesterday’s good weather kept her busy serving customers all day.
“People wanted big straw hats to shade themselves,” she said. “I think they are coming back into fashion at the moment. I had a lot of young people and older ones coming over to the stand.”
Eileen Egan agreed the summer sun has had an impact on shopping.
Like Ms Rowe she has been selling lots of hats. She said: “People have been buying our Australian style suede hats and also loving our sheepskin rugs. It has been a really good year for us so far.”
Not content with just buying a hat, some visitors have gone shopping for a whole new outfit.
Katie Baverstock, who is selling clothes from her Brighton boutique Twilight Orchid, said: “Girls have been buying the maxi-dresses and the nautical-style dresses and skirts.”
She added: “This is my second year at the show and I really enjoy it.”