Suffolk Show comes to a successful conclusion

Suffolk Show organisers are expecting record ticket sales after two days celebrating the best of Suffolk's agricultural trade, skilled craftsmen and local produce.

In his first year as director, David Nunn said he 'couldn't have asked for anything better,' but admitted his disappointment at the negative reaction to a decision to ban dogs from Trinity Park for the first time.

The 300 acre site nevertheless bustled with visitors, traders and prize-winning livestock. More than 650 trade stands meant show-goers were kept busy between the dazzling selection of skilfully orchestrated displays.

Top chefs served up culinary tips in the cookery theatre, while the Flower and Garden Experience drew people in with a heady combination of 145 arrangement class entries and four exhibits straight from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Mr Nunn, who deputised last year, said: 'Success breeds success and this year has been made even better by the weather.

'Over the next four weeks we will debrief every single section and come up with a series of suggestions for next year.'

Mr Nunn hinted that a nationally recognised singer had requested to perform at the show in 2012.

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He also admitted his anxiety after making a controversial decision to ban dogs at this year's event. A dog owner himself, Mr Nunn said: 'I was honestly very nervous. It has clearly been an issue but when I made that statement I stood by it.

'It was not a decision made lightly and I was disappointed by the Kennel Club's reaction.

'We knew banning dogs would not get more people through the gates but would automatically put some people off but, as an owner of a Norfolk Terrier, I would never dream of bringing my dog to the show.'

Mr Nunn spent several hours on Wednesday with HRH the Princess Royal who, he said: 'was as charming as ever.

'She is a tremendous supporter of county shows and made everyone she was introduced to feel special.'

Mr Nunn added: The show has been amazing - you only have to look at the papers to tell that.

'Everything has to come together, and it did.

'It's difficult to talk about numbers because a lot of our tickets are sold through outlets which are out of our control.

'Most important to me is that people enjoy themselves. Every avenue I walked down yesterday was a struggle to get through because of all the people.

'Every year we have had a tremendous grand ring event and Wattisham have pulled out all the stops for us this year.

'We need to remember that some of these people were in Afghanistan this year and it's great to have them.'

Mr Nunn also lauded street performance robot 'Titan', explaining that he is keen to have more street theatre at the show.

'Titan is something we've been wanting to do for some time.

'We can entertain people in the rings but they need to be entertained everywhere - there will be more street theatre next year.'

Meanwhile as stewards prepared to put away their bowler hats for another year, one said he thought it had been a 'marvellous' show.

Richard Keeble, who has worked at the event for the past 15 years, said: 'I should think people have had a jolly good time. We have certainly been lucky with the weather and the displays have been very good.'

He added: 'My friends are visiting from New Zealand and they have had a very good time at this show.'

Brian Marshall, who travelled from Malden to attend the second day, said: 'I've been to quite a few county shows but I think this one is my favourite.'

Suzanne Wyard, from Sweftling, said: 'I think the balance of shopping, food and entertainment is just right. My daughter and I have had a great time shopping and wandering around.'

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