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The Suffolk Show 2022: Live updates from day two of the agricultural show in Trinity Park Ipswich



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Day two of the Suffolk Show commences today with thousands more visitors expected to arrive at Trinity Park in Ipswich to enjoy all things Suffolk.

The show, run by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, moved to its permanent home in Ipswich in 1960. Today, the popular agricultural show continues to spotlight the county's history and celebrates farming, food and drink production.

Day two's programme will see more show jumping, sheep dogs at work and the spectacular pageant to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, as well as other free events to take your fancy.

Suffolk Show 2022 in Trinity Park Ipswich Day 2. Picture: Mark Westley
Suffolk Show 2022 in Trinity Park Ipswich Day 2. Picture: Mark Westley
Shires in the Presidents Ring. Picture: Mark Westley
Shires in the Presidents Ring. Picture: Mark Westley

SuffolkNews reporters Tamika Green and Sam Harrison will be busy exploring everything the show has to offer and will update you with special interviews with stall holders, farmers and contestant winners throughout the day.

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5.15pm: Torch arrives at the show

The Jubilee Touch arrives with Jake Nichols. Picture by Mark Westley.
The Jubilee Touch arrives with Jake Nichols. Picture by Mark Westley.

The Platinum Jubilee torch, which travelled across the whole county, arrived at its final destination in the Grand Ring.

The Rt Rev Martin Seeley stated that the day's weather had been fantastic up until that very moment.

The rain did not stop the parade and military personnel, scouts, cadets and more all stood tall to recognise the Queen's 70 year milestone.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant in The Grand Ring met by Lady Euston. Picture by Mark Westley.
Platinum Jubilee Pageant in The Grand Ring met by Lady Euston. Picture by Mark Westley.
Finishing off the closing day of Suffolk Show in Trinity Park, Ipswich. Picture by Mark Westley.
Finishing off the closing day of Suffolk Show in Trinity Park, Ipswich. Picture by Mark Westley.

Members of the public then joined in with the National Anthem.

The Suffolk Show 2022 has been packed with exciting activities, plenty of animals and spectacular displays. This year's county event will definitely be one to beat.

Lady Euston speaks to the crowds. Picture by Mark Westley.
Lady Euston speaks to the crowds. Picture by Mark Westley.

4.45pm: Watch the moment the Red Devils parachuted into the Grand Ring

The show drew to a close with a brilliant parachute display by the Red Devils during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The crowd erupted into a chorus of cheers as paratroopers, red smoke trailing behind them, landed in the Grand Ring.

Members of the public have now dispersed as the heavens finally opened on what has been described as a fantastic show.

Paratroopers descend in to The Grand Ring. Picture by Mark Westley.
Paratroopers descend in to The Grand Ring. Picture by Mark Westley.
Lady Euston meets the Paratroopers. Picture by Mark Westley.
Lady Euston meets the Paratroopers. Picture by Mark Westley.

4.30pm: Platinum Jubilee Pageant begins

The SuffolkNews team are now headed to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant that will celebrate her majesty's momentous milestone.

Before the pageant begins, we spoke to some of the Suffolk Show's attendees about what the show means to them. You can watch our video here.

3.30pm: Honorary Show Director speaks of 'fantastic' show

In the afternoon SuffolkNews chatted to Bruce Kerr, voluntary show director. He said he was 'glad to be back after Covid.'

He added: "It's gone in a flash - there's so much to see, so much going on. Everywhere you go there's happy people, children smiling and having fun. There's been fantastic displays of livestock, military zone. Everything about today and yesterday has just been fantastic.

Honorary show director, Bruce Kerr said the last couple of days have been 'fantastic'. Picture: Sam Harrison
Honorary show director, Bruce Kerr said the last couple of days have been 'fantastic'. Picture: Sam Harrison

"From an agricultural perspective, it’s important that we recognise that our landscape and our farming is our heritage and also our future.

Bruce's time at the show has now come to an end. This was his first and last show due to the fact the county event was unable to go ahead because of the pandemic.

A man dressed as a dinosaur at the show. Picture: Mark Westley
A man dressed as a dinosaur at the show. Picture: Mark Westley
A foal being shown. Picture: Mark Westley
A foal being shown. Picture: Mark Westley
Suffolk Show 2022 in Trinity Park Ipswich Day 2. Picture: Mark Westley
Suffolk Show 2022 in Trinity Park Ipswich Day 2. Picture: Mark Westley

“That’s fine though," he said. "My successor, John Taylor, is a very good friend who has been involved with the show for years - in fact, we went to school together.

“I know John and his wife Julia will have an amazing three years because it’s been amazing for me. A very different three years - but we’ve had amazing support around the county.”

Woodcarver Luke Chapman busy at work. Picture: Mark Westley
Woodcarver Luke Chapman busy at work. Picture: Mark Westley

2.15pm A few drizzles

Brollies went up as grey skies opened for a little bit of drizzle.

The crowd stayed dry under umbrellas as a drizzle began (57053912)
The crowd stayed dry under umbrellas as a drizzle began (57053912)

However, members of the public were still in good spirits as they watched the Heavy Horse Turnouts - Novice.

12pm: Shetland Pony Racing draws in big crowds

Crowds flocked to the Shetland Pony racing as mini riders rode around the President's Ring in brightly coloured silks. Members of the public cheered and laughed during the display.

Shetland Pony Racing in The President's Ring. Picture: Mark Westley
Shetland Pony Racing in The President's Ring. Picture: Mark Westley
Mini riders wore brightly coloured silks. Picture: Mark Westley
Mini riders wore brightly coloured silks. Picture: Mark Westley
All the fun at the show. Pictured, Peter Blake, 2. Picture: Mark Westley
All the fun at the show. Pictured, Peter Blake, 2. Picture: Mark Westley
A big crowd on day two of the Suffolk Show. Picture: Mark Westley
A big crowd on day two of the Suffolk Show. Picture: Mark Westley

11am: Young handlers finishing up

The Young Handler Competition finished up in the President's Ring.

Young farmers from across the country came to compete at this year’s competition, Lucy Howe from Lawshall was one of them.

Young farmers from across the country came to compete at this year’s competition. Picture: Mark Westley
Young farmers from across the country came to compete at this year’s competition. Picture: Mark Westley

She said: "I’ve just been given this sheep and I’ll be heading for the ring shortly. I’m looking forward to doing a little parade with him - we’re going to try our best to stand and look pretty, I guess.

“It’s brilliant to be at the Suffolk Show today. The weather’s lovely and it’s brilliant to be representing young farmers in the ring.”

Lucy Howe from Lawshall took part in the competition. Picture: Mark Westley
Lucy Howe from Lawshall took part in the competition. Picture: Mark Westley

Elliot Holder, five, managed to win in his category. With a sheep that tripled him in size, Elliot felt proud to represent the Middleditch family today and take home the trophy.

Mum, Heidi Holder, said: “It felt really good to see my son win the competition.”

Elliot Holder, five, won in his category. Picture: Mark Westley
Elliot Holder, five, won in his category. Picture: Mark Westley

10.30am: Long Service awards

Crowds gathered for the Long Service Awards this morning as agricultural workers were recognised for their service to the industry. Recipients of the awards had worked in roles such as tractor driver, farm operator and mechanic for as long as 60 years.

Among those that received awards were Malcolm Ager, Paul Atherton, Jon Hearn and Peter Griggs who have all dedicated years to Thurlow Estate Farms Ltd, near Haverhill.

Malcolm Ager, Paul Atherton and Jon Hearn were all recognised for their long service working for Thurlow Estate Farms Ltd, near Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley
Malcolm Ager, Paul Atherton and Jon Hearn were all recognised for their long service working for Thurlow Estate Farms Ltd, near Haverhill. Picture: Mark Westley

Paul Atherton started when he was 16 as a tractor driver and was celebrating 48 years with the company. He said it was a 'privilege' to have received the award.

Jon Hearn, joined in1984 aged 21 and had done a range of different roles within the company. Today he was recognised for his 38 years.

"It's quite special really because my father he got an award back in the late 80s, so I'm proud," he said.

All the award winners of the Long Service Awards at the Suffolk Show 22. Picture: Mark Westley
All the award winners of the Long Service Awards at the Suffolk Show 22. Picture: Mark Westley

Peter was recognised his 32 years as a mechanic and Malcolm celebrated 39 years as a farm operator.

8.40am: Day two is underway

Day two of the Suffolk Show is now underway.

Horses are already donning their ribbons. Picture by Mark Westley
Horses are already donning their ribbons. Picture by Mark Westley

The public are flocking to the showground in their droves, tradestalls are open and horses are already donning their brightly coloured ribbons.