Washout show is damp squib for chairman

Storm clouds gathered over the showground

Storm clouds gathered over the showground

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The chairman of a show which was hit by stormy weather over the weekend says gate numbers were only a ‘quarter of what they should have been’.

Bicester and Finmere Show raised money for The Back-Up Trust and Spinal Research while horse jumping and dog demonstrations entertained the crowds.

Bicester and Finmere Show. Pictured, Ruby (7) and Lily Hill (5) take Cosmo for a walk PNL-141108-085240009

Bicester and Finmere Show. Pictured, Ruby (7) and Lily Hill (5) take Cosmo for a walk PNL-141108-085240009

But Sunday’s rainfall slashed the number of people who came through the gates and show chairman Derek Ricketts was disappointed more were not able to brave the weather.

He said: “I’m sure it would have been a very good show – but unfortunately it was a bit of a washout.

“It was good to see Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles there on Saturday and the arts and craft marquee had more than 50 stalls.

“The jumping was a very good standard and well attended but on Sunday we reckon numbers were only a quarter of what they should have been.

Bicester and Finmere Show. Pictured, Royal Logistics Corp officer Colin Adams on Springs competing in the Sword, Pistol and Lance competition PNL-141108-085228009

Bicester and Finmere Show. Pictured, Royal Logistics Corp officer Colin Adams on Springs competing in the Sword, Pistol and Lance competition PNL-141108-085228009

“Those that made it seemed to enjoy themselves though.”

British Tentpegging Association demonstrated its skills, using lances, swords and guns on horseback to a depleted crowd and the dog shows had to be significantly trimmed down.

Mr Ricketts said money raised is still being counted and the committee will be meeting in the next 10 days to reflect on the show ahead of making plans for 2015.

 

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