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Visitors flood in to see 99th edition of Flintham and District Ploughing Match and Agricultural Show


By Connor Thompson


Organisers said they were proud to see the 99th edition of the Flintham Show survive a late cancellation scare as it became one of the busiest events to date.

Vice chairman Mr Ian Montgomerie, of Flintham and District Agriculturtal Society, said the festival saw an incredible turnout having been on the brink of cancellation because of wet weather.

“We had a site meeting to discuss what would happen, but the weather brightened up and we were able to keep the run going.

A competitor takes part in a ploughing match at Flintham Show. 260919TV2-1. (17693707)
A competitor takes part in a ploughing match at Flintham Show. 260919TV2-1. (17693707)

“It was fantastic to see everybody having a good time and enjoying the hard work that was put into it.”

The annual event gives country dwellers, farmers and visitors a chance to enjoy livestock events, educational tents, ploughing matches and parades.

President Mr Nicholas Forman Hardy said: “Seeing farmers in their old tractors and ploughs was brilliant, it made me feel proud to be part of this community.

Flintham Show President, Nicholas Forman Hardy and Vice-Chairman, Adrian Handury at Flintham Show. 260919TV2-4. (17693716)
Flintham Show President, Nicholas Forman Hardy and Vice-Chairman, Adrian Handury at Flintham Show. 260919TV2-4. (17693716)

“There was a real mix of farming as it was and farming as it is now. The people loved it.

“The ancient craft of hedge-laying was hugely popular too, and it is something that takes real skill.”

Mr Hardy also highlighted the amount of interest from schools.

“It is so important because if you are coming from a city or town environment, you won’t have an understanding of what goes on at a farm,” he said.

“And for the children to enjoy it makes it worthwhile. In fact, just showing a new generation new experiences is definitely worth it.”

Headteacher of Orston Primary School, Mrs Helen Jennings, watched on as year one pupils celebrated a second-placed finish in the sunflower competition, which they had been working towards at an after school gardening club.

Mr Montgomerie said planning has already started for the special 100th edition.



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