AFTERNOON UPDATE: Crowds queue for Britain’s Got Talent star Ronan Parke at Norfolk show

Hundreds of young fans queued to get a glimpse of Britain's Got Talent runner up Ronan Parke and get his autograph aat the Royal Norfolk Show this afternoon.

Ronan proved a huge hit with young fans as he signed autographs at the EDP/Evening News stand at 208 in avenue 7.

The combination of good weather, all Norfolk's schools being shut and visits from the Princess Royal as well as Ronan Parke swelled visitor numbers.

Early indications are that about 40-45,000 attended on the first day - and by lunchtime it seemed that the turnout is going to be far bigger today.

Car parks filled during the morning and overflow areas were used.

The Princess Royal arrived at lunchtime and was due to spent several hours at the Costessey showground.

Meanwhile, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association chief executive John Purling said: 'The atmosphere of the show has been fantastic and we are very lucky with the weather.

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'I think the variety of the businesses represented and the livestock and the exhibitors have made this show one of the best. The grand ring programme was fantastic and lots of people have commented on how brilliant and varied it has been.'

He added: 'With the schools on holiday and the weather looking good, as well as the Princess Royal coming, we are set for a very exciting day,' added Mr Purling.

Show president Richard Jewson was also relieved by the milder weather yesterday after the extremes of Monday and Tuesday evening from soaring temperatures to heavy downpours. 'The weather was perfect for the first day of the show – sunny but cool,' he said.