April 23 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, July 28, 2013
The sun shone brightly as families flocked to the Holkham Country Fair.
Thousands of people headed to the north Norfolk stately home for the two-day event which kicked off this morning.
The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps led the opening ceremony which was closely followed by the King’s Troop’s spectacular Musical Drive.
Crowds were amazed as the mounted soldiers, resplendent in black, red and gold uniforms, led the horses around the Grand Ring before a four-gun salute.
The audience jumped, cheered and exclaimed as the field guns were fired one-by-one.
Other Grand Ring highlights of the day have included the display of dancing JCB diggers, a falconry demonstration and a countryside and hound parade.
The Tigers Freefall Parachute Team were due to land into the Grand Ring at midday but due to problems with an aeroplane taking off their base in Beccles, they were unable to give the demonstration.
They were still hoping to be on schedule for today’s closing ceremony and tomorrow’s show.
Away from the ring, families enjoyed a sheep show, taking a look at vintage tractors, shopping at the many stalls and tucking into delights from the fine food village.
Emily Harrop, from North Walsham, who was there with her husband Mark and their two daughters Imogen, four, and Isobelle, two, said: “We’re really enjoying it. There’s lots to see and do. It’s half the price of the Royal Norfolk Show which makes a big difference when you’ve got a family.
“They girls have enjoyed the dancing diggers, the band and the birds of prey and they really enjoyed the king’s horses. They have been doing a bit of everything.”
Susan Henry, from Pentney, between King’s Lynn and Swaffham, who was with her husband Alan, said: “It’s brilliant. The King’s horses and the guns were fantastic.”
The fair is open again from 9am to 7pm tomorrow.
For more information visit holkhamcountryfair.co.uk.
Don’t miss Monday’s paper for more on the Holkham Country Fair.