Record crowds at cheese show as rain stays away
FROME Agricultural & Cheese Show, a celebration of rural life at one of the biggest one-day shows in the country, attracted record crowds on Saturday.
Whether it was the hundreds of mouth-watering cheeses that filled the marquee, the thrills and spills of the main ring events or the hundreds of stalls that filled the Bunns Lane site, there was something of interest for the 20,000 people that flocked to the event.
Despite a keen wind and a few ominous black clouds in the skies above, the rain kept at bay and did not deter the visitors who revelled in the country pursuits on offer.
As well as the traditional horticulture and handicraft marquees, the rural craft, fine and local food tents sold everything from Pug-faced egg cups to miles of liquorice and designer made clothes.
Babies in prams, people in motorised buggies and dogs from an Irish Wolfhound to teacup Yorkshire terriers wandered around the huge West Woodlands site.
Chris Walsh from Kingswood brought along his five Bassett Hounds to the show called Boo Boo, Pancake, Truffles, Winston Stanley Shepherd the 1st and Bo.
Thirteen-week-old Charlie, a cockerpoo from West Ashton, became acquainted with guinea pigs Flo and Banoffi, who came from Longleat's Animal Adventure for the day. Keepers Georgia France and Gemma Short brought along Spike the parrot, whose party piece is blowing raspberries and Orio, the skunk.
Frome Town Youth Band provided music, at one stage conducted by seven-year-old Jess Milverton who plays the mini bass and joined the band in January.
The smell of frying sausages and pasties stuffed with meat and vegetables greeted families to the fine food tent and locally The Old Bakehouse in Cheap Street sold its pastries, cakes and breads alongside Love in A Cup based at The Lighthouse in Tytherington. Award winning ice cream makers Mendip Moments did a roaring trade.
Retiring show chairman Jim Salmon said: "It was a great show and everybody seemed to have a really good day. For the many people who work tirelessly to make the show such a success year after year it is very gratifying to see so many families enjoying themselves so much."
More photos on page 12 and in our 8-page show supplement today.