GALLERY: Sun shines on first day of Suffolk Show
Sun hats, sun cream and ice lollies are the order of the day at this year's Suffolk Show.
Sun hats, sun cream and ice lollies are the order of the day at this year's Suffolk Show..
Visitors are already flooding to Trinity Park in Bucklesham, near Ipswich.
The county's premier agricultural event has been blessed with glorious sunshine and clear skies.
And with the fine weather set to continue organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout.
They are promising fun for all the family with a number of exhibitions and displays to be enjoyed.
Visitors are also able to sample some of the finest local produce in the popular food hall.
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There is also the usual livestock and a number of classes are already under way - including heavy horses in the President's Ring and cattle competitions.
One of today's highlights will be the visit of The Princess Royal.
Her Royal Highness will be presenting the long service awards to those who have worked on the same farm or with the same employer on their farm for at least 30 years.
As a member and director of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the British representative for the International Olympic Committee, she is also expected to spend some time at the Suffolk Sports Village – giving Suffolk's Olympic and paralympic hopefuls a boost.
Football fans will also be able so see Ipswich Town's 1981 UEFA Cup winners with the trophy.
The army air corps from Wattisham will stage an exclusive air-to-ground display using the Lynx, Apache and heavy-armoured vehicles on both days in the Grand Ring.
The show is expected to deliver a much-needed �40 million boost to the region's economy as organisers cross their fingers that the rain will stay away.
With months of dry weather casting gloom over much of East Anglia's farming community, the annual two-day agricultural extravaganza comes as a timely tonic.
The new show director David Nunn said he was expecting the thunder and hailstorms that complicated yesterday's final preparations to clear away for two glorious days and an estimated 90,000 visitors are expected through the gates.
The show, at Trinity Park in Ipswich, has 800 trade and food stands – more than ever before – as well as a new Eat Street outdoor dining area, an expanded sports village and will feature an 'amazing' demonstration from a Wattisham-based Apache attack helicopter.