21 June 2002

EASTERN PROMISE FULFILLED

Organisers of the East of England Country Show promised a

"terrific mix of traditional favourites and new exciting features."

Farmlife called in at the event, held last weekend at Peterborough

Right: Phil Shotbolt takes a well-earned break in the vintage machinery lines. Elsewhere, livestock made a "welcome" return, with stringent DEFRA movement regulations and biosecurity measures adding £20,000 to the costs, according to East of England Agricultural Society chief executive Andrew Mercer. "There is real enthusiasm from livestock farmers to put last year behind them – and the livestock will bring real atmosphere and character back to our show," he said.

Above: Young Horticulturalist of the Year, Rocky Coles, gave a demo to green-fingered Young Farmers. Young Farmers Clubs from across the region competed in events including the ATV Challenge and Efficiency with Safety. Melton Mowbray scooped

first place in the East Midlands

Club of the Year.

Above: The Dancing Diggers caught the eye of many visitors, as did the "old favourites" such as the steam and vintage machinery, the flower and garden shows and country sports displays, said the organisers. Among those attending was NFU president Ben Gill, who stressed the role such events have as a "showcase for British farming". They help convey, he said, a "tremendous and important positive message".