Bank Holiday crowds flock to Ashwell Show 2016

Lucas Grimmer, three, enjoys a pony ride at Ashwell Show 2016.

Lucas Grimmer, three, enjoys a pony ride at Ashwell Show 2016. - Credit: Archant

Thousands flocked to yesterday’s Ashwell Show to see a host of attractions from a family stunt team to a horse-drawn carriage and terrier racing.

Show chairman John Connolly said that seeing how popular the event was meant all the organisers’ hard work had paid off.

“We’re a not-for-profit show run by volunteers and we’ve been doing lots behind the scenes to change the show’s layout,” said John.

“Seeing the crowd enjoying the day makes all the hard work worthwhile. Bad weather the last two years meant it has been in danger of closing down for good, but with careful event management, and the support of our visitors, we’re now heading firmly back in the right direction, and hope to keep the show alive for many years to come.”

Ashwell Show – backed by the Crow, sister paper of the Comet – has been a fixture in the village for more than 90 years and any profits from the day are given back to organisations like Ashwell Primary School and playgroup.

This year’s headliners, Stannage International Stunt Team performed with mountain bikes, quad bikes, human ramps, and fire to help make the show the most memorable yet.