9 August 2002

The queues of cars were

long and slow moving

into the New Forest

Show which remains

popular with locals and

tourists alike in this

pretty part of Hampshire.

Tessa Gates and

photographer

Jonathan Page joined

them on the opening day

Above: Dexter cattle parade for the judges.

Old bodger Dick Aps (left) turns a leg on his pole lathe.

Above: An immaculate turnout: a six-mile drive in the forest followed the appearance in the ring for the coaching  contestants.

Above: Shake that rhythm stick: The New Plonkers struck a rustic note or two.

Above: Active service:

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Forest Regiment  gave youngsters the chance to abseil down a 30ft tower.

Above: Thirsty work: Cider drinkers and vintage machinery enthusiasts had plenty to enjoy. Dave Freemantle (above right) polishes up the brass on a Garrett Showmans tractor circa 1917 and (far left) Chris Swanborough from Lyndhurst was rolling barley in a Bamford roller-grinding mill circa 1930 powered by a Lister B static 5hp engine.