Crowd defies the rain with spirit

THE summer of rain didn't deter hardy show-goers with community spirit as strong as ever at Mirfield Agricultural Show on Sunday, writes Victoria Sheard.

The brollies, raincoats and wellies were out but so were the smiles as old and young alike enjoyed the delights on offer.

The Romans made their return to Mirfield in fine fashion, with displays of fighting skills, and a brave attempt to take the tug o' war title from the Haigh Farm team who remained victorious for yet another year.

This year saw the biggest turn out of entries in the fun dog show, the children's races and the bush tucker and jelly eating challenges.

And Cyril the Squirrel and his Racing Terriers delighted the crowds as they ran riot over jumps, assorted children and through the 'ring of fire'.

A huge selection of exhibits in the marquees included excellent displays of fruit, vegetables, pigeons, rabbits and domestic entries.

For the twelfth year running, the hardworking members of the show committee did the town proud organising marquees, stalls, rings and numerous attractions on the Huddersfield Road arena.

Show chairman Chris Ramsden said: "I wish to thank the whole committee for delivering an amazing show against all the odds.

"It can be disheartening to spend 12 months of preparation, only for the weather to be against you, but it all feels worth while when the public come out to join in and give us their support."

The show team thanked the exhibit organisers for all their hard work.

Planning for Mirfield Show 2008 begins next month and ideas and suggestions are sought to make next year even better.

If you are interested in joining the committee, are able to help on the day, or have stalls or attractions which may be of interest, contact the team via the website at or contact Richard Hartley at