The sun was shining on Trinity Park yesterday as thousands arrived for the first day of the Suffolk Show.
It was hats and suncream weather for the crowds as the site was bathed in glorious sunshine, with bright but breezy weather predicted for day two.
There was plenty for the crowds to see and do with show jumping, heavy horse turnouts, Suffolk Punches, terrier racing, gun dogs and much more gracing the event’s four main show rings.
The food hall was heaving with cakes, scones, strawberries, sweets, sausages, pies, pasties - a host of delicious treats.
Show Director Bill Baker said Wednesday’s set up had gone as smoothly as they could have hoped for and that they had been blessed with the weather for the show’s opening.
“Lady luck is shining on us today,” he said.
“It has gone brilliantly so far.
“We have had a lovely set up period, we had rain last week which has freshened up the grass.
“Yesterday is always busy but it was much better than it was 12 months ago.
“There is inevitably last minute stuff that needs to be sorted out but we are all in great spirits.
“But it’s vitally important we put on a great show - that’s what we are all here for.
“I think the big difference this year is that the sun is beaming down.
“I am delighted to see it out today.”
Yesterday morning, Ickworth Primary School and Walsham-Le-Willows Primary School took part in the School Show Gardens competition, designing and cultivating amazing mini gardens at the Flower and Garden Experience area.
Ickworth won a gold award and Walsham a silver.
Jayne Cook, Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator at Ickworth said: “There are 198 children at the school and most had a hand in creating it. “They have had an amazing time doing it.
“The gold award is great - we are delighted.”
Paula Howes, who project managed Walsham Le Willow’s entry, which featured a huge Suffolk Punch made out of willow, said: “The whole school has been involved. “The willow fence and horse we created with willow harvested from the school and all the children helped weave it.
“It has been an absolute joy, the children have really got into it.”
Meanwhile, soldiers from 6 Regiment Army Air Corps, based in Bury St Edmunds, manned the military zone at the show, where civilians could get a hands-on look at some of the military vehicles and aircraft they use.
A Lynx helicopter had been turned into a photobooth so children could climb inside and have their picture taken at the controls of the chopper and Wattisham’s Apache was on display for people to have a look around.
Major Darren Johnston said: “This is a chance for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force to come and meet the public.
“We spend a lot of time behind barbed wire fences so it is nice for people to come see us and get to know us.”