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Crowds turn out for a day of fun at the Wanborough Show
THE sun may not have come out this year but the people certainly did for the 82nd Wanborough Summer Show.
Despite the high winds and rain, more than 2,000 people from all over the region attended.
From a loud and colourful carnival procession to bungee jumping teddy bears there was something for all the family.
“I’m really pleased with what everyone has managed to achieve this year,” said Martin Ripley, chairman of the organising committee.
“It’s been a brilliant day. The weather is a shame but at least the procession managed to go ahead as planned.”
More than 100 volunteers from the village helped put together the show and there was no shortage of activities. There was an area for interesting vehicles, with everything from sports cars to tractors, as well as flower competitions, a horse show and a hog roast.
As well as the stalls, there were plenty of activities for people to take part in such as splat the rat and the greasy pole.
“We have to make the show bigger and better every year and that is why we put on the different games,” said Martin. “A lot of shows go down the commercial route of giving stalls to businesses but we want to try and avoid doing that so the Wanborough show is unique.
“I can’t imagine I’ll be around in 80 years’ time but I certainly think this show will be.”
All the money raised goes towards the running costs of the show with any profit being given to local charities and volunteer groups, some of which had stalls at the show in which they were able to raise their own funds.
The carnival procession arrived at the show shortly after noon. There was a wide range of floats with local school children and groups, including one with a Lady Gaga theme.
“It would have been better if the weather had stayed away but it’s still brilliant,” said Gafyn Lloyd, 37, who was attending the show with his family.
“We have lived in the village for about seven years and have been every year.
“It’s great for the family and good because the whole of the community comes together.”
The show attracted visitors from across Swindon for whom it is a day marked in the diary.
“It has become quite a social event for us,” said Catherine Queenan, 28, of Wichelstowe. “We know people who live nearby so we come every year.”
Work has already begun on next year’s show.
To get involved, visit wanborough show. org
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