SUNSHINE welcomed thousands of visitors to the 102nd Tendring Show.

Themed on Farming for Life, the show held at Lawford House Park on Saturday, included hundreds of trade stalls, food pavilions, an education area and countryside area.

Farm animals on show on the day ranged from bees, owls and rats to sheep, cows and horses.

There was also farm machinery and classic cars on show, trial bike displays and the food hall with chef demonstrations.

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Tom Glover, show spokesman, said: “We’re are delighted with how the day went.

“The weather was perfect.” and we had a strong crowd through the gates to enjoy everything the show has to offer.

“Our ‘farming for life’ theme area proved popular, as did the food pavilion, livestock, education zone, the entertainment in all of the rings, and the many trade stands on site. The new Land Train has also proved a hit.”

The popular event, which was first held in 1899, saw a lifestyle and art show marquee, the WOW Water Experience and donkey rides.

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Throughout the day performers entertained audiences in the various rings, which shows from the Dorset Axemen, Colchester and District Pipes and Drums, Jazzercise, Debbie Millar School of Dance, Tag Rugby and Tailwaggers dog agility.

There was also flyfishing and model boats as well as birds of prey and ferret demonstrations to interest visitors.

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Organisers have also praised dedicated volunteers for helping to make the day a success.

In total 280 people gave up their time to ensure the 102nd event ran smoothly.

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The agricultural country show, hosted by The Tendring Hundred Farmers’ Club, was originally launched as a means of making new technical knowledge available to local farmers.

Mr Glover added: “The show continues to be successful because it remains true to its agricultural roots.

“This heritage, the unique energy of a one day show, and our amazing volunteers contribute to its special character.

“We couldn’t run the show without the support and commitment of those 280 volunteers. They give their time freely and always have a smile on their face.”