Thousands revel in country show sunshine

The sun shone on thousands of visitors to the annual Great Eccleston show.

The two-day event, which traces its history back to 1853, showcased the finest in rural crafts and skills from across the country, including cooking, handicraft and horticulture.

Photo Neil Cross'Great Eccleston show'Annabelle Pinkney, five makes friends with a sheep

Photo Neil Cross'Great Eccleston show'Annabelle Pinkney, five makes friends with a sheep

Traditional crafts could be seen alongside the latest in agricultural technology, and there were also classes for shire horses, sheep, pigs, light horses, goats, a dog show and the crowd-pleasing tractor-pulling competition.

Visitors of all ages were drawn to the Victorian fun fair, stunt rider displays and marquees displaying everything from fruit and flowers to cakes, cheese and chutneys.

And many were able to get up close to animals often only seen at a distance in fields, Children could pet sheep, pigs, poultry and cows, along with many other farm animals.

There was also a ‘food theatre’, with TV regular Phil Vickery one of several chefs taking part in cooking demonstrations.

PC Chris Banks also spoke to visitors about wildlife and rural crime.