Farming show is galloping success for 130th year in a row

Motorbike acrobats wowed the crowds at a long-running farm festival of animal shows and entertainment.

This year’s Blakesley Show, which included dozens of showing classes for cattle, sheep and horses, was the 130th event and took place on Saturday.

Blakesley Show 2014. Jumping action in the gymkhana. PNL-140208-191438009

Blakesley Show 2014. Jumping action in the gymkhana. PNL-140208-191438009

Event chairman Stuart Nichols said numbers were slightly down on last year but there were still hundreds of people who enjoyed the exhibitions and a food tent for the first time.

He said: “We had more farmers than we have had for a long time. Numbers were down on last year but we had such a bumper year in 2013.

“It’s the first time we have had a food tent, with lots of local produce – that was well accepted and obviously very well liked.”

Mr Nichols, who works with a committee of 35 to put on the popular the event, said his highlight was watching some of the spectacular shows such as the Squibb Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Team.

“The stunt motorbike display team were fantastic,” he said. “Their acrobatics including somersaults were unbelievable.”

Mr Nichols is already looking ahead to next year’s event which will be his third and final of a three-year cycle at the helm.

He said: “We always try to iron out any problems from previous years but with more than 100 years of doing it, we should be getting it right!

“Thanks to all the committee and all the helpers – we couldn’t do it without them. And all of the exhibitors and of course the general public who came along.”