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Collingham villagers enter into spirit of annual show despite it being held virtually

Villagers in Collingham entered into the spirit of their annual show ­— despite it having to be held virtually instead of physically.

The show and ploughing match, which should have taken place on Saturday on its regular site at Larksfield, had to be cancelled because of covid-19 restrictions.

Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349483)
Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349483)

But show organisers were determined that the show should go on, and set about arranging online classes for people to enter.

Show chairman Diane Rowlands said people had risen to the challenge, with entries being submitted for every class.

Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349485)
Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349485)

A planned vintage vehicle run through the village on show day also had to be called off, but about 40 virtual entries were submitted, and a few drove through the village in any case.

Show president Alan Munks chose the one he would most like to take home ­— a 1932 yellow and black Armstrong Siddeley 12 HP Tickford convertible.

Diane Rowlands said the vintage vehicle section of the show usually attracted cars, lorries, motorcycles and tractors from all over the country, and many regulars had submitted pictures of their vehicles instead.

Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349511)
Vintage vehicles in Collingham (42349511)

A vintage bus drove through the village displaying the date of next year’s show, Saturday, September 18.

The virtual classes included a junior section, divided into three age groups, for a poem, a painting or piece of artwork, and the largest sunflower head.

Classes for any age included photography, craft, baking, flower arranging, and the longest bean or carrot.

There was also a walking trail open to residents of Collingham and nearby villages, in which clues throughout the village led to numerical answers.

In its 168-year history the show has been cancelled only a handful of times; during the two world wars and the more recent foot and mouth disease outbreaks.

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