Mirfield Show attracts 10,000-strong crowd

HORSING AROUND: Les Amis D'Onno equestrian troupe. (d779g234)
HORSING AROUND: Les Amis D'Onno equestrian troupe. (d779g234)

As in previous years, crowds flocked to Mirfield Showground with more than 10,000 passing through the gates on Sunday.

The 19th show was officially opened by a Queen Elizabeth II lookalike in a nod to the summer’s earlier Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Chairwoman Karen Bullivant said the event had been a success once again.

She said: “The weather was showery for the afternoon but that didn’t put off our visitors.

“Our Royal guest enjoyed herself, in this her Jubilee year, and we were very pleased that Harry Crowther, our own Mirfield Olympic torchbearer, was able to come with the torch and show it to the crowds.”

The main attractions included performances by equestrian troupe Les Amis D’Onno with their trick riding cancan show and freestyle mountain bike stunt team Savage Skills.

Hundreds of flower, vegetable, domestic and children’s exhibits were displayed in the marquee, while the grounds of Castle Hall School hosted a fun dog show, the Kennel Club’s Scruffts dog show and various fun competitions.

Dozens of other attractions and stalls filled the site, with many raising fund for local causes.

David Cliffe, 34, of Huddersfield, said: “It’s been really good. The birds of prey were great and the martial arts demo was pretty good. It’s a shame the weather didn’t hold – I thought I might have needed wellies!”

Lesley Laws 36, of Ripponden, said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever been. We came mostly to see the rabbits after we saw them at Halifax last weekend. We got some good advice too.”

Bev Taylor, 45, of Fenay Bridge, said: “It’s been fantastic. It just seems to get better every year.

“The rabbit show and petting area for children has been especially good. I think the whole spirit of it really brings everyone together.”

Ms Bullivant paid tribute to the organising committee – all volunteers – who had spent a year planning for Sunday’s event.

“Their dedication to organisation paid off and all went very smoothly,” she said.

“A very big thank you, too, to the volunteers who give up their time over the weekend to help with the event.

“Last but not least, I would like to thank the businesses who sponsored event, prizes and advertising.

“In these difficult times, it must be hard to divert funds to our event. Thank you.”

The organising committee is keen to hear from any visitors with comments or suggestions, via www.mirfieldshow.com.

For full results and pictures, pick up a copy of this week’s Reporter.