Thousands enjoy countryside fun at the Wayland Show

Wayland Show 2016. Picture by Lee Blanchflower.

Wayland Show 2016. Picture by Lee Blanchflower.

The capacity of the countryside to enthrall and entertain – as well as provide the food for our tables – was highlighted to thousands of visitors at one of the UK's longest-running agricultural shows.

In glorious sunshine, the 143rd Wayland Show brought families onto the showground in Watton to learn about farm livestock, browse the food stalls or enjoy the Main Ring attractions.

Entertainment ranged from gundogs, birds of prey, and vintage tractors, to Australian daredevil the Kangaroo Kid, used his quad-bike to jump over obstacles including a John Deere tractor and the Highland pipers of the Watton-based Phoenix Band of Pipes and Drums.

But the climax of the show returned to its agricultural traditions, with a parade of all the prize-winning livestock and horses. Sheep, pigs, poultry, rabbits and ducks all competed against each other for the unique Champion of Champions trophy, which was won by a Southdown sheep from Leiston in Suffolk.

Show chairman Adrian Soskin said: 'It has been a fabulous day. I think people have had tremendous fun and the standard in the competitions has been higher than ever.'

'We have had more pigs this year and all the other livestock and horse sections stood up really well. I can't give you any numbers yet, but the crowd has stood up very well too. It has been a perfect day.'

For competition results from the Wayland Show, see Saturday's EDP Farm and Country pages.

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