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Annual Ashbourne Show attracts thousands of people

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 16, 2014


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Thousands of people have gathered for the 123rd Ashbourne Show.

There has been more than 200 cattle, 240 sheep and 50 horses at the event at Osmaston Polo Ground on Saturday.

The main ring performances have included the daring Motor Stunts International display team and light horse competitions.

A World War II Hurricane aircraft wowed the crowds as it flew over the event several times.

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Among people at the event was Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Lewis Rose, who is a vice chairman of the show's organisers Ashbourne Shire Horse Society.

He said: "It is a great event for the district. The show is very friendly and it's always good to see friends here and a chance to meet people.

"It's a great event for the Derbyshire Dales and not just for the families but for all the many businesses that are here."

James Dixon, from Westpoint Veterinary Group, in Ednaston, was at the show.

He said: "We are really enjoying it so far. It's a nice day.

"It's been good to see some of our clients both current and potential clients.

"We have been before but this year it's good to see lots of farmers and lots of livestock of such good quality."

Lucy Paxman, 32, from Normanton, was at the show with her two children. She said: "I've not been before but saw it advertised so we thought we would come and make a day of it.

"We're surprised at how big it is and we are pleased there is lots to do for the children.

"We all thought the clown was really funny."

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