Given the near perfect weather conditions on Sunday 13th August it was great to welcome so many families to the Memorial Recreation Ground and to see all enjoying the many attractions that comprised the 2017 Tetbury Summer Show.
Grown significantly over the four years since it was introduced, the show’s opening parade through the town, led as always by the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums, was once again well supported and drew quite an appreciative crowd. The land train, Mark Drakes beautiful Stanley steam car transporting the Mayor of Tetbury, the extra long-legged Professor Crump (riding a horse this year!!), plus wacky race carts, Dolphins Dramatic Society in costume promoting their Autumn production, 29 Regiment Royal Logistical Corp and so many others that added colour and spectacle. New to the parade was Tetbury Town Council with a highly decorated and very colourful vehicle. In addition the staff of Capelli dressed as land girls and such was their enthusiasm for the event they provided financial support and have agreed to offer prizes in 2018 for a children’s fancy dress competition; details will be published nearer the time.
On the show ground it was heartening to see there were so many stalls this year offering a wide selection of food alternatives, arts and crafts. Vegan food, Caribbean dishes, tasty pies and a selection of cheeses all proved very popular and despite this, we managed once again to sell out of the traditional burgers, hot dogs and bacon rolls proving just how popular these are. Ice creams, teas and coffee all reported good business during the course of the afternoon. New to the event, the Ghia Chia samba band from Bristol proved a hit with an energetic session followed by a samba workshop which drew keen participation from both young and old. Also new to the event and operating a safe distance from the main attractions, were the Deer Park Archers providing coaching in the sport. Such was the level of participation the club reported keen interest in people wanting to pursue further opportunities in archery and not realizing this club was so local. Both the samba band and the archery club have expressed strong interest in coming back next year. The very popular Fun Dog Show sponsored by the George Veterinary Group and judged by local vet Cyril, keeps growing and this year hosted well over 100 entries, around twenty up on the previous year. The most adorable stall was of course the Meerkats, who could not find them cute and cuddly.
The marquee was also a hive of activity all afternoon with the usual high standard of entries in all the exhibits and here also there was a significant increase in the number of submissions. It was particularly pleasing to note that the increase in numbers was almost entirely due to people participating for the first time and this bodes very well for future years. A full list of the many Flower Show cup winners and the winning entries in the dog show will be published on www.tetburysummershow.co.uk in the next couple of weeks.
Naturally an event of this size cannot exist without a large number of volunteers and those traders in our town who make a contribution both on the day and in the months of preparation to help ensure success. The Lions have supported the Show both financially and by manning the gates for many years and were once again on hand in large numbers to ensure all went smoothly and revenue kept coming in. IHS Markit in the Cirencester Road have been the financial mainstay of this show for over a decade and kept loyal this year with another four-figure donation. Also making significant financial contributions were the Feoffees, and Merlin who were promoting affordable housing on the Highfields development. A special thanks must go to the Dolphins Hall committee for the use of the ground and our Vice President. Mr D Prosser who regularly offers financial support. Other regular supporters include Tetbury Hardware, our distribution centre and John Newman of Jesse Smith Butchers who not only ensured we got a good deal on all food associated with the Big Pan, but also gave up his day off to cook and make sure all went smoothly and without incident. It would be impossible to thank all contributors individually but rest assured the committee extends its most sincere appreciation for a magnificent job to all who contributed in any way to the success of the show.
Summer Show Committee