Video: Royal Norfolk Show afternoon update - Rain stays away but attendance figures appear down on previous years

The first morning of the Royal Norfolk Show passed successfully, with early traffic problems clearing, thousands turning up and, most importantly, the rain staying away.

Gates to the show opened at 8am and there were quickly queues reported around the site, in particularly at the Longwater exit off the A47. This was despite new traffic systems being put in place this year.

However, within a few hours the queues had cleared and people were streaming into the event.

Despite this early indications were that attendance figures were slightly down on previous years.

Even though the rain has stayed away, there was some early disappointment when the RAF Falcons Freefall Parachute Team announced shortly after 11.15am that they would not be able to carry out their parachute jump due to low lying clouds and the wind.

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Despite this morning highlights of the show included showjumping, the British Imperial Military Band, a parade of hounds, heavy horse turnouts and a grand parade of cattle and shire horses.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning two retiring stalwarts of the show toasted their own farewells with a new local beer brewed in their honour.

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Woodforde's Norfolk Ales brewery launched it's commemorative pint, named Showtime, this morning (Wednesday) to celebrate the long careers of chief executive John Purling and show manager Sarah de Chair.

Norwich charity Break, chose the first day of the show to launch the first of an array of gorilla sculptures that are to descend upon Norwich next year.

GoGoGorillas! Norwich 2013 is hoping to emulate the success of the elephant art project that captured the imagination of the city a few years ago, and will take place all over Norwich during 10 weeks of summer 2013.

It is being brought to Norwich by Break, Wild in Art and The Born Free Foundation, and at the Thurlow Nunn Standen stand they launched an appeal for artists, sponsors and schools to join in with the fun.

Commenting on the show, Margaret Burton, 57, of Sutton, who attended with her daughter and three grandchildren, said that although it seemed quieter than previous years she was still excited.

'Everything seems fun and we've been looking forward to seeing the horses and animals,' she said.

'It's quite the same as usual but that is what the show it all about.'

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