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The 98th Flintham Show

By Connor Thompson

THE 98th Flintham Show celebrated horticulture and agriculture with a range of livestock events, educational tents, entertainment, and ploughing matches.

The chairman of Flintham and District Agriculturtal Society, Mr Adrian Handbury, said: “It was a glorious day. The weather was magnificent and, to top it off, it seems as if we had higher gate numbers than in previous years.

“We want to constantly tweak the show, not change things dramatically, but always make sure we are adapting with that people want and evolving.

“We do not want to be revolutionary, we just want to make small changes.

“For example we changed the way people can get in. We pushed online tickets and the numbers doubled this year.”

The show included tractor and horse ploughing as well as horse classes and livestock classes.

Best butcher’s steer lightweight division was won by Sugarpuff and her owner Michael Hardy, of Lowdham.

Mr Hardy said: “We are delighted at the how this year Flintham show has gone and the win today has been a great addition to our year.”

Mr Handbury said: “We have only been stopped by weather and wars, so hopefully the 100th year will be in two years time.

“There have been talks of plans for what might be introduced, everyone is excited at the prospect of it.”

One idea mentioned for future shows was the re-introduction of steam-engine ploughing, spearheaded by Whatton resident Robert Tyler.

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