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Plenty to see and to do at the Nottinghamshire County Show today

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The stirring sound of the RAF’s only remaining airworthy second world war Lancaster bomber will fill the skies at the Nottinghamshire County Show today.

The Avro Lancaster, of the type made famous by the heroes of 617 Squadron during the Dambusters raid, will fly over the event at the Newark Showground during the afternoon.

Nottinghamshire County Show. (54735409)
Nottinghamshire County Show. (54735409)

The flypast, weather and serviceability permitting, will be performed by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and will take place amid a busy schedule of events including livestock displays, rural skills, a family-friendly dog show, a Young Farmers lawnmower race and a festival of food.

It is also a reminder of the history of the showground itself, which formerly operated as RAF Winthorpe, and was used a training base for pilots learning how to fly Lancasters.


Lancaster PA474 was built just a few days after VE Day in 1945, ready to be used in the Far East and is one of only two in the world still flying.

Show organiser Elizabeth Halsall said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to secure the appearance of such an iconic aircraft, which has so many strong links with this area and will help us to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in a fitting way.

Richard Sheldon, chairman of the Nottinghamshire County Show committee, (54735415)
Richard Sheldon, chairman of the Nottinghamshire County Show committee, (54735415)

“The theme of the show is showcasing the best the Nottinghamshire countryside has to offer and we have a brilliant line-up of events, stalls, entertainment and food and drink to keep everyone entertained all day long.

“Central to everything will be the events taking place in the showground and I’ve no doubt that all eyes will be on the Lancaster as it passes over at, we’re told, 3.34pm.”

The county show is returning after a two-year hiatus and emphasises Nottinghamshire countryside’s contribution to the local economy and way of life.

It includes a chance to get up close to animals including pigs, chickens and horses, the opportunity to learn rural skills such as farriering and the chance to learn more about how millions of tons food grown in the county’s fields end up on in our supermarkets.

For more information, and tickets, go to www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com

The county showpiece has been shortened to one day instead of the usual two, but still features the usual mix of prize-winning livestock, equine, traditional countryside fun and games, trade stands, local food producers and shopping and craft stalls.

Nottinghamshire County Show. (54735413)
Nottinghamshire County Show. (54735413)

Richard Sheldon, chairman of the show committee, said: “So much has changed in the world and the rural environment since our last show, but what hasn’t changed is the pride we all have in our way of life and our determination to bring thousands of people together to enjoy the very best livestock competitions, produce and activities that our county has to offer.”

The 137th show will have more emphasis on animals and outdoor pursuits than in previous years. It also features an interactive fact-finding trail for children, alongside the reinstatement of the grand parade of livestock in the main ring.

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