Shows brave rain

B Wilton Show - Emeline scans the art entries
B Wilton Show - Emeline scans the art entries

TORRENTIAL rain failed to stop two of the region’s annual shows going ahead at the weekend.

Crowds braved the weather on Saturday to make their way to both the Bishop Wilton Show and the Barmby Feast.

B Wilton Show 3rd Pock Guides selling cakes

B Wilton Show 3rd Pock Guides selling cakes

Organisers had spent months preparing the events which were threatened to be washed out as Saturday started with downpours.

But many revellers were still determined to enjoy their day.

Bishop Wilton celebrated the 113th year of the show, and although a few intended exhibits did not arrive, the main attractions went ahead as planned.

Andrew Hall, who helps organise the show, said: “The number of visitors was down, inevitably, but enough people came to give a great atmosphere, and the Ebor Morris men, who always promise that they will provide ‘Good Fortune, Fertility and Sunshine’ made the rain stop for long enough in the early afternoon to give a respite!

Barmby Feast Fancy Dress 5 - 9

Barmby Feast Fancy Dress 5 - 9

“The children’s entertainments and the fun dog show- which had a record entry- were accommodated inside, and even the half marathon runners managed to get round, so far as I know, nobody got pneumonia!”

Meanwhile at Barmby Moor, organisers of The Feast admit they considered cancelling by midday on Saturday as the rain continued to fall, but braved the elements and visitors did turn out to enjoy the remains of the day as the weather eventually eased.

One organiser said: “I couldn’t believe that anyone would venture out but as I was informed later by one villager- ‘you have to haven’t you, it is tradition’.

“What a great village, and you cannot break with tradition, after all it was Barmby Feast Weekend, thanks to everyone who made it happen.”