Raring to go for a Royal Norfolk Show to remember

This year's Royal Norfolk Show is one Sarah de Chair will never forget - and the retiring show manager hopes it will be as memorable for the anticipated 100,000 visitors.

Gates will open first thing on Wednesday on the two-day event and as she prepared for her final show in charge after 12 years, Mrs de Chair said: 'We have got some very exciting things to offer the public this year on both days.'

The Household Cavalry Musical Ride is one of the grand ring attractions she highlighted and she is looking forward to seeing the men arrive on horseback from Easton College, where they are staying.

Mrs de Chair said the 'wonderful' new YOLK area would be a huge draw for children and she can't wait for it all to get started.

She urged showgoers to be 'prepared for all weathers' and forecasters say there could be some showers over the two days and also sunny intervals and temperatures in to the mid 20s.

'We have got covered grandstand seating in the grant ring and lots of stalls will be selling water - and don't forget the sun cream.'

Mrs de Chair said she was 'surviving on adrenalin' in the run up to her final show but admits it could be different by the close.

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'Come Thursday evening it will hit me that it is my final show and I will miss all the wonderful people I have made friends with over the last 12 years that I have been here. That is the thing I will miss the most.'

To help showgoers get to the ground more smoothly, a traffic plan has been drawn up with five new traffic routes.

Colour-coded entry routes are being used and the traffic management plan includes the installation of temporary traffic lights on the Longwater roundabout on the A47 slip road to improve the flow of vehicles around the busy junction and also some one-way routes.

The aim is also to help ease congestion on busy country roads.

Traffic approaching the showground will be sign-posted on to five routes – red, brown, purple, blue and yellow.

Full details of all the routes are on our website, www.edp24.co.uk

*The EDP and Evening News goody bags will be on sale at our stand, number 217, and around the showground. There are two different bags – costing �3 and �2 – and include a range of items including copies of the two papers, a show guide, fruit, sweets, a drink and chocolate.

*The EDP/Evening News Stand is packed with an array of attractions and entertainment.

There will be free face painting, information on the East Anglian Air Ambulance, live performances from the Rock Choir, a live petting area and birds of prey from Banham Zoo, and the chance to share your stories and photos of the show through our new content-sharing website, iwitness24.co.uk.

We can show you how the website works, how you can sign up and see the photos shared by other visitors to the show.

And there's a great prize for the best photos of each day of the show which are uploaded to iwitness24.

Norwich City Football Club has given us a pair of tickets to each of the summer home pre-season friendlies – with Wednesday's top visitor picture winning tickets for the game against Ajax and Thursday's winner picking up tickets for the match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Users to the iwitness24 website will be able to register their votes for their favourite photos, effectively making visitors to our website one of the judges of the competition.

There will also be two Archant judges to help select the winners.

*Norfolk writer Keith Skipper has written a new book called Norwich City History As It Happened and he will be promoting it at the EDP/Evening News stand on both days.

*Don't miss Thursday's EDP for a 12-page supplement with pictures, reports and results from day one. We will have another eight-page supplement on Friday. The Evening News will have full show coverage on Thursday and Friday.

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