Public praised for braving the elements and making this year’s Royal Norfolk Show a huge success
- Credit: Ian Burt
They braved the wind, rain and mud to make it to this year's Royal Norfolk Show.
And thanks to their efforts, the county's leading agricultural event has been yet another outstanding success.
Show organisers have today praised the public for coming out in force despite the bad weather on the opening day.
Around three inches of rain fell on the Showground, in Costessey, on Wednesday, turning parts of the arena into mud.
But it did not dampen the spirits of the 80,000 people who turned up over the two-day period.
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Show director Mark Nicholas said: 'I take my bowler hat off to everyone who has come to the Royal Norfolk Show this year, not just visitors, but those who have come with livestock and the several hundred businesses who have put their resources into being here.
'Given the challenging conditions, it has been a triumph.'
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The weather improved on Thursday, with the sun finally breaking through the clouds at around midday.
As a result, thousands more people poured through the gates on what is traditionally the busier of the two days.
It also enabled one of the show's most popular attractions to go ahead - the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
Bad weather and low visibility on Wednesday resulted in the nine-man team having to cancel its two scheduled jumps.
And low cloud cover yesterday morning - which was at around 250ft - meant that its third jump was also stopped.
But as the clouds lifted at around 5pm, the team was finally given the go-ahead to make its descent into the Grand Ring.
It was followed by a spectacular closing performance by the Showstoppers mass community choir.
Speaking about why he felt so many people turned up despite the weather, Mr Nicholas said: 'I think because they understand that the content of the show is incredibly broad.
'It's not just the agricultural spectacle that they are coming to see, but so many other great organisations from across the county.'
'It's also because the show is very much part of the fabric of Norfolk.'
He added that visitor numbers at this year's event were on par with the show in 2016.