PHOTO GALLERY: Round-up of the Royal Norfolk Show’s spectacular Grand Ring show

An action-packed programme welcomed thousands of visitors to this year's Royal Norfolk Show Grand Ring today (Wednesday) - highlighting all that is spectacular about Norfolk.

Spectators were only disappointed for a short while after low-lying cloud put an end to one of the most anticipated events of the day - a 3000ft parachute jump.

The RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team announced shortly after 11.15am that they would not be able to carry out their jump because of the weather.

Flt Lt Jon Conner said that the weather was looking better for tomorrow (Thursday) and hoped that the team would 'make up for lost time' by taking part in two jumps, the first at 10.20am and the second to close the show.

Once the action got under-way the audience soon settled into watch an array of events.

A dynamic display of horsemanship from the Household Cavalry Musical Ride wowed the crowds as soldiers paraded while dressed in full state ceremonial uniform demonstrating drills.

The cavalry was made up of eight soldiers from each of the Life Guards and The Blues and Royals with lances instead of swords.

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The British Imperial Military Band, made up of former military musicians from all three of Britain's armed forces, provided a traditional show full of talent and experience.

One of the highlights of the day from the Grand Ring's programme took centre stage when more than 350 people helped to celebrate this year's exciting summer of sport with a 2012 games - a first for this year.

The group brought a spectacular performance which saw the crowd welcome flag bearers, dancers, local sporting heroes, Norfolk's official Olympic torch bearers and Rising Stars into the ring.

Royal Norfolk Show 2012 Games organiser Ellie Diver described the event as 'colourful, exciting and full of action' and said everyone who was involved had looked forward to the event.

A firm favourite with the spectators was a hound display which took place in the afternoon.

Finally a mini scurry driving event finished off the day and two ponies ran at full gallop to pull a carriage through obstacles. There will be a scurry driving championship display tomorrow at 2.50pm.

* Please see tomorrow's EDP for the full story.

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