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Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh among a flock of visitors to the 101st Flintham Ploughing Match and Show at Scarrington House





Flintham and District Agricultural Society’s 101st Ploughing Match and Show was graced by Royalty today (Thursday).

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh was a visitor to the event at Scarrington House, Scarrington.

The approachable Duchess was given a tour of the showground on a tractor and trailer and met many of the show-goers, stopping for chats and sharing jokes.

Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh was a Royal visitor to the show.
Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh was a Royal visitor to the show.
A competitor in the horse-ploughing.
A competitor in the horse-ploughing.

She was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.

The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace and the county set arrive at the show.
The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace and the county set arrive at the show.

There were also many civic attendees from the borough of Rushcliffe and the county.

A huge combine harvester.
A huge combine harvester.
A cow gets a brush before judging.
A cow gets a brush before judging.
Visitors could pet llamas.
Visitors could pet llamas.
A cow in the judging ring.
A cow in the judging ring.

It was an exciting day of country attractions for a bumper crowd, including many school and nursery parties.

The show is steeped in tradition — including the spectacular horse and tractor ploughing competition which started the show over 100 years ago and is still a highlight today.

Penned in.
Penned in.
Young jockeys take part in pony racing.
Young jockeys take part in pony racing.
Young jockeys take their jumps.
Young jockeys take their jumps.

Vintage, classic, and modern tractors took part in the competition.

Vintage tractors were a feature of the Flintham Show.
Vintage tractors were a feature of the Flintham Show.
A vintage Ford tractor at the show.
A vintage Ford tractor at the show.

Highlights of the main ring included the Shetland Pony Grand National, involving young jockeys, cattle and tractor parades, a horse and carriage display and a Gundog Scurry Competition.

The hounds of the South Notts Hunt were welcomed into the main ring.

The South Notts Hunt was a visitor to the main ring.
The South Notts Hunt was a visitor to the main ring.
Judging in the horse ploughing.
Judging in the horse ploughing.
Ploughing a furrow.
Ploughing a furrow.
Duchess and Beauty take part in the horse ploughing.
Duchess and Beauty take part in the horse ploughing.
Horse-ploughing.
Horse-ploughing.

Tractor rides took place all day.

People could tour the show site on a tractor trailer.
People could tour the show site on a tractor trailer.
Megan Newham and Betsy Hutchinson, 1.
Megan Newham and Betsy Hutchinson, 1.
A group from Brackenhurst.
A group from Brackenhurst.
Flintham Primary School children have a go at a beanbag game.
Flintham Primary School children have a go at a beanbag game.
Children from Southfield Nursery in Car Colston join police officers at their van.
Children from Southfield Nursery in Car Colston join police officers at their van.

There were hands-on fishing displays, and the educational zone was packed with opportunities for children to learn about farming heritage and students to gain advice about careers in agriculture.

Food stalls.
Food stalls.
A perfect presentation.
A perfect presentation.
A blacksmith gives demonstrations.
A blacksmith gives demonstrations.

Visitors could also peruse a variety of trade stands, watch the skilled competitors battle it out in a traditional hedging competition, see livestock displays, visit the horticultural marquee, and refuel at the bar and refreshment area with live music.

Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh meets show organisers.
Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh meets show organisers.
A farmer and his prize-winning animal.
A farmer and his prize-winning animal.

Words and pictures by Dan Churcher.



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