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Huge crowds pouring in for second day of Royal Norfolk Show as sun beats down once again

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team free fall into the Grand Ring. Picture: Ian Burt

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team free fall into the Grand Ring. Picture: Ian Burt

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Tens of thousands of people are flocking in for the second day of the Royal Norfolk Show with hot sun again beatng down.

Fashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018.
Lily-Ann Hare with her dog Coco.
Picture: Nick ButcherFashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Lily-Ann Hare with her dog Coco. Picture: Nick Butcher

Fantastic weather, coupled with a number of new additions to the annual event, saw more than 40,000 pour through the gates at the showground for the opening day.

Jonah Sharman,7, from St Peters Primary School, Easyton enjoying the sunshine at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherJonah Sharman,7, from St Peters Primary School, Easyton enjoying the sunshine at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Organisers this year introduced a full programme of evening entertainment for the first day, featuring everything from stunt shows to live music.

Visitors can also park for free if they buy a ticket in advance, which is also believed to be behind the bumper turnout.

The Quad Bike Stunt Show in the Grand Ring. Picture: Ian BurtThe Quad Bike Stunt Show in the Grand Ring. Picture: Ian Burt

Crowds tend to average 80,000 over the two days but indications are that the numbers could be considerably higher this year.

Fashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018.
Maddie Whitbourn.
Picture: Nick ButcherFashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Maddie Whitbourn. Picture: Nick Butcher

Traffic appears to have been smoother on the second day than on Wednesday.

Royal Norfolk Show, 2018. Winners of the Heygates Team of 5 Competition.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRoyal Norfolk Show, 2018. Winners of the Heygates Team of 5 Competition. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Show director Mark Nicholas said: “The first day of the Royal Norfolk Show has been a cracker.

Royal Norfolk Show, 2018. Parade of the Heygates Team of 5 Competition.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRoyal Norfolk Show, 2018. Parade of the Heygates Team of 5 Competition. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“We have seen a really good number of visitors and we think we are on course for more than 40,000 from day one.”

George Garnham,8, inside the RG Carter Maze at the 2018 Royal Norfolk Show.
Picture: Nick ButcherGeorge Garnham,8, inside the RG Carter Maze at the 2018 Royal Norfolk Show. Picture: Nick Butcher

This year has seen the introduction of the new Woodland Arena, a flower and garden show, and a larger food and drink offering.

Fashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018.
Adele Whitbourn and Sue Roberts.
Picture: Nick ButcherFashion at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Adele Whitbourn and Sue Roberts. Picture: Nick Butcher

Around 50 bands were also invited as part of a new partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub.

Daniellle Barrett and Joanne Murfitt having fun at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018.
Picture: Nick ButcherDaniellle Barrett and Joanne Murfitt having fun at the Royal Norfolk Show 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Nicholas said: “The weather is a factor, no doubt about it. But more than that, we have enhanced the visitor experience.

Enjoying the sunshine at the Royal Norfolk Show are (from left) Annie Draper, Georgie Kidner and Lizzie Crowe. Picture: Ian BurtEnjoying the sunshine at the Royal Norfolk Show are (from left) Annie Draper, Georgie Kidner and Lizzie Crowe. Picture: Ian Burt

“We have refreshed part of the show and it is very important to do that.

Yvonne Gowers and Jeff Amis enjoy the flower show at the Royal Norfolk Show 2017.
Picture: Nick ButcherYvonne Gowers and Jeff Amis enjoy the flower show at the Royal Norfolk Show 2017. Picture: Nick Butcher

“There is a new flower and garden show and we have more then 50 bands performing. That is all new.”

Day one of the Royal Norfolk Show. Pictured is Amanda Seales from the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. Picture: Ian BurtDay one of the Royal Norfolk Show. Pictured is Amanda Seales from the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. Picture: Ian Burt

He said while it was important to protect the agricultural traditions of the show, it was also important to provide a platform for organisations to showcase their work.

Day one of the Royal Norfolk Show. Pictured from Northgate High School are Deputy Head Zoe Galley and Calum MacDonald. Picture: Ian BurtDay one of the Royal Norfolk Show. Pictured from Northgate High School are Deputy Head Zoe Galley and Calum MacDonald. Picture: Ian Burt

The Met Office has forecast temperatures to reach around 25C today.

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