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Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show – A look at life then.. and now.
We are off to the west of Suffolk – The Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show, between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford.
I was immediately struck by the queues to get in – this was obviously a well attended and popular event. Once again the weather wasn’t particularly favourable with low cloud and a slight breeze in the air but this didn’t deter the thousands who arrived.
Steam engines, vintage cars & motorcycles, ring displays from many including the excellent ‘The Devil’s Horseman’ cossacks and even an appearance from Pike, Frazer and Cpt Mainwairing from the nearby Dad’s Army museum!
A refreshingly community based event which manages to avoid the heavy commercialism of bigger shows, the day was a joy to witness.
This is the heart of rural life. This it what it was, is – and will continue to be for many years to come.
From the website:
Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show has now been held every June for 20 years. It began as a fundraising show for our local Blackbourne Churches and St Nicholas’ Hospice Care with the kind permission of our President The Duke of Grafton, who allowed the event to be held in the magnificent setting of Euston Park.
Together with John Farrow (the farm manager at that time) and Tim Fogden we set up a volunteer committee, which has continued to run this successful one day Show. We have raised over £370,000 for our causes over the years.
The programme has been broadly similar each year, but with increasing entries the demand for space has required more parking and display areas. A new entrance between the stationary engines and stalls, leads past the traction engines to the new Grafton Ring specifically for tractors.
The main Norfolk Ring has a constant programme of events, displays, demonstrations and parades.It is surrounded by band music, a busy tea tent and further stalls. Leading past the Craft Tent, the Suffolk Ring is home to a large display of Heavy Horses. Nearby is the start of the hugely popular Farm Rides. It has also been associated with a magnificent display of flowers in Euston Church. There are several catering outlets, but the most popular are the excellent lunches served in the Hall kitchen.
We will very much keep to the same format and hope we will continue to attract the numbers, which filled the car park completely last year.
Here is our record of Euston Rural Pastimes Country Show 2013
Midnight Walk Ipswich 2013
One of the more delightful sights around Ipswich late at night is the yearly Midnight Walk.
Several thousand regularly attend the event to raise money for the St Elizabeth Hospice.
The sponsored event comprises a circular walk or run at night starting and finishing at Ipswich Town Football Club in Portman Road.
The Midnight Walk has previously been attended by ladies only and participants just walked, but this year participants were able to run or walk the routes (five or eight miles) and men were welcome for the first time.
The eight mile route includes two refreshment stops, the first on Colchester Road and the second on Derby Road, as well as passing the Hospice on Foxhall Road where you can hang a personal tag on the Tree of Remembrance.
Never an easy task to capture moving targets at night but I think I have captured the atmosphere of the occasion – even if the physical quality of the shots are not at their best!
Well done to all that took part – Thousand of pounds was raised for this great cause.
If you would like a full size copy of any of the photos please contact us. We will provide them for a small donation to the St Elizabeth Hospice.