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Planes, otters and high wire highlights of the 71st Aylsham Show

Aylsham Show administrator David Hitcham: Picture: David Bale

Aylsham Show administrator David Hitcham: Picture: David Bale

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East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show returns to the National Trust’s Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Aylsham Show is in its 71th year and provides a celebration of rural life which attracts up to 20,000 people from across town and country.

Held over 70 acres in front of the picturesque backdrop of Blickling Hall and the historic park’s large lake, it will include animal exhibitors and competitions, as well as displays in the main ring.

It will also feature classic cars, the starting handle club (for classic engines) and the show’s food hall is promising to be bigger and better than ever, featuring many of Norfolk’s best producers.

There will be more than 30 suppliers involved, and all have won awards – both locally and internationally.

Aylsham Show administrator David Hitcham, who has been on the committee for 40 years, said: “The show’s previous secretary Chris Self, who was supported by his wife Ann, retired last year, so the structure had to change.

“We’ve got one or two new attractions including a slackline high wire, which people take test their balance on, and Rudi the otter. “We’re just looking for a nice day weather-wise.”

Rudi, the star of this year’s BBC TV hit The Durrells, was hand-reared and Charlotte Gurney, from the farming and food area team, is looking forward to seeing him.

“This otter is like a pet dachshund” she said. “He’s lovely.”

It’s Rudi’s first visit to Norfolk but he’s a veteran of shows around the country and he also appeared on BBC TV’s Natural World programme.

The show’s marketing boss Lee Todd said: “The show will be about the same size as normal. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast returns with a Hurricane and a Spitfire. There’s a massive cookery theatre. It’s great value again with the family price for a full day out just £12, if booked in advance.”

The show has raised thousands of pounds for local charities over the years.

Gates open at 8am, children 16 and under free, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. You can buy discounted tickets online and locally, or full price on showday. Visit http://theaylshamshow.co.uk/visitor-information/buy-tickets/

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