Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Driffield Show - Letting the train take the strain and a good day out

When we saw the traffic queues it confirmed to me that we'd the right decision to catch the train. Anticipating the delays we decided to park up at Hutton Cranswick and get the train in to Driffield. When we got to Cranswick we joined the traffic queue for Driffield! Fortunately, we could then peel off to the station. The fare was only a couple of pounds and it entitled us to a pound off the entrance fee. So, a good deal all round.

Once at the show a vast array of displays, stalls and entertainment was an offer to entertain the tens of thousands of vistors. The White Helmets - the Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals drew gasps from the crowds with their stunts and tricks and received loud applause for their polished display. 

A large part of what was on display also reflected the agricultural heritage of the show. Machinery suppliers, agricultural merchants and services suppliers setting up their stalls to attract the many farmers at the show and give them a chance to socialise together on what is a big day in the local agricultural calendar.

A large number of livestock were presented for judging and to my layman's eye it appeared they were all of a very high standard with many fine cattle, sheep and pigs to be seen. Small animals such as chicken, ducks and rabbits didn't miss out either with their own tent to be presented in. Congtaulations to all that won a prize and it was good to see the pride that many had taken in their work.

A real focus was also placed on local produce and enterprise with many examples of local food and drink available. Their was far too many for me to sample them all but I did have a rather nice pork pie.

In what seemed like no time at all it was time to head off to catch the train. I'll be back again next year and will again definitely be letting the train take the strain on my visit to this major Yorkshire Wolds agricultural event.

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