No threshing about at Hilgay show

Hilgay Vintage Country Show ANL-150308-090230009
Hilgay Vintage Country Show ANL-150308-090230009
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Thousands of people descended onto Hilgay over the weekend for a popular show.

Hilgay Vintage and Country Show is now in its eighth year and just gets better and better.

Hilgay Vintage Country Show'left to right Denise Walmsley, Jason Walmsley and Mim Neal ANL-150308-090126009

Hilgay Vintage Country Show'left to right Denise Walmsley, Jason Walmsley and Mim Neal ANL-150308-090126009

An estimated £6,000 has been made for good causes in the village, including All Saints’ Church, during the event which ran on Saturday and Sunday.

Between 1,500 and 1,800 people went along to the field close to the A10 for a fun packed weekend.

Vintage machinery of all shapes and sizes, including an iconic Spitfire, made an appearance at the show.

One of the people behind the event is Peter Bates was thrilled with the weekend.

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Hilgay Vintage Country Show ANL-150308-085845009

He said: “The show went really well. We were up on last year’s attendance.

“When we first took over the show, we made £1,500 for charity. We thought that was brilliant but we make more and more each year.

“I would like to thank our sponsors Carter’s Hauliers and H & C Beart.”

A highlight of the event was the appearance of the Spitfire, which banked over the field a couple of times before flying off.

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Hilgay Vintage Country Show ANL-150308-085625009

There were a host of vintage motorbikes, lorries, tractors and cars were on display over the weekend.

Members of the village’s Leonberger Club brought out their dogs to give a display. The large pooches were able to pull carts which were decorated with in a harvest theme.

A dog show was also held.

Demonstrations of harvests from a bygone era were given with threshing machines and scythes.

Craft stalls, a balloon race and a native Indian Pipe Musician were also among the attractions.

A chain saw artist along with traditional fairground rides and model demonstrations were all part of the fun.

Members of West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeology Society also ran a dig during the event for visitors to have a go.

The session was one of the events held in Hilgay recently as part of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership project.