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Royal Norfolk Show to commemorate First World War in poignant re-enactment

PUBLISHED: 13:44 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:44 14 May 2018

The Band of the Parachute Regiment on parade at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. Picture: Ian Burt

The Band of the Parachute Regiment on parade at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. Picture: Ian Burt

A poignant re-enactment commemorating the First World War will be one of the star attractions of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team make their way into the Grand Ring at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. Picture: Ian BurtThe RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team make their way into the Grand Ring at the Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. Picture: Ian Burt

From a heavy horse display, quad bike stunt show, the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team and a performance by the Parachute Regiment band, the events for the show’s Grand Ring venue, which include the war-themed commemoration, have been announced.

This summer’s Norfolk Show takes place on the Norfolk Showground, on the edge of Norwich, takes place on June 27 and 28 and the annual event attracts thousands of people.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team make their way into the Grand Ring at the 2017 Royal Norfolk Show. Picture: Ian BurtThe RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team make their way into the Grand Ring at the 2017 Royal Norfolk Show. Picture: Ian Burt

The Grand Ring, sponsored by Spire Solicitors, is the centrepiece of the show and will be hosting a variety of demonstrations on both days.

On June 27 they take place from 7.30am-7.50pm and on June 28 they are happening from 8am-7pm.

Norfolk Remembers promises to be a unique event marking the centenary of 1918 - the year the Great War finished.

A re-enactment will take place of the fighting in the final months of the conflict, demonstrating the co-operation between infantry soldiers and the tank.

The main attraction of the Norfolk Remembers is Deborah II, the replica Mk IV Tank, which starred on Channel 4’s documentary Guy Martin’s WWI Tank.

Norfolk Remembers takes place at 6.40pm on June 27 and 6.20pm on June 28.

Mark Nicholas, show director, said: “We’re delighted to unveil our Grand Ring programme for this year. The Grand Ring is always a firm favourite with show-goers and this year will be no exception.

“We have a packed line-up for 2018 in the Spire Solicitors Grand Ring and we are thrilled to be able to hold the Norfolk Remembers First World War Commemoration event with a display from Deborah II, the replica Mk IV Tank.

“And for the very first time our visitors can be wowed by the Adrenaline Tour Quad Bike Stunt Display Team starring ex-world championship moto-cross rider Jason Smyth and of course firm-favourites the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will be back.”

The quad bike team will perform awe-inspiring tricks 30ft in the air.

They will be joined by a fleet of American trucks.

Grand Ring events

June 27

7.30am-9.30am - Cobs ridden classes qualifier.

9.30am-10.30am - showjumping.

10.30am-11.00am - the Band of the Parachute Regiment.

11am-11.15am - RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

11.15am-12.15pm - heavy horses.

12.15pm-12.45pm - the Adrenaline Tour, quad bike stunt show.

12.45pm-2.45pm - showjumping.

2.45pm-3.15pm - scurry driving.

3.15pm-3.35pm - hound parade.

3.35pm-14.35pm - heavy horses.

4.35pm-5.30pm - grand parade of cattle and Shire horses.

5.30pm-5.55pm - scurry driving.

5.55pm-6.25pm - the Adrenaline Tour, quad bike stunt show.

6.25pm-6.40pm - RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

6.40pm-7pm - Norfolk Remembers, First World War commemoration.

7pm-7.30pm - the Adrenaline Tour, quad bike stunt show.

7.30pm-7.50pm - the Band of the Parachute Regiment

June 28

8am-9.40am - showjumping

9.40am-10.30am - heavy horse two-wheeled cart show.

10.30am-10.45am - RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

10.45am-11.15am - the Adrenaline Tour, quad bike stunt show.

11.15am-11.45am - the Band of the Parachute Regiment.

11.45am-12.15pm - scurry driving.

12.15pm-1.45pm - international showjumping.

1.45pm-2.05pm - hound parade.

2.05pm-3.20pm - heavy horses.

3.20pm-4.05pm - cattle parade.

4.05pm-5.05pm - showjumping.

5.05pm-5.35pm - the Adrenaline Tour, quad bike stunt show.

5.35pm-6.05pm - the Band of the Parachute Regiment.

6.05pm-6.20pm - RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

6.20pm-7pm - Norfolk Remembers, First World War commemoration and closing ceremony.

Visit www.rnaa.org.uk for more details.

How to book tickets?

Online tickets for this year’s show are now on sale.

Advance tickets can only be bought by visiting the Royal Norfolk Show website www.royalnorfolkshow.co.uk.

This year sees the introduction of free car parking when tickets are bought in advance online.

An advance two-day adult ticket is £34 (only available online) - this is a saving of £18 if you were to buy two single adult tickets at the gate for each day.

An advance one-day adult ticket is £21, a child’s advance one-day ticket (aged 5-16) is £8 (free for children under five) and an advance family ticket (two adults and two children aged 5-16) is £47.

A range of concessions are also available.

The full programme of Grand Ring events can be found at www.rnaa.org.uk or in the official show guide, which will be free in the Eastern Daily Press on June 15th, helping visitors to plan their day.


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