SUNNY weather and a spectacular line-up of events drew a record crowd of 18,500 to Saturday’s Heathfield Show.
As befitted a show in Jubilee year, Her Majesty the Queen entered a horse in one of the equestrian classes - which were all fully subscribed with quality entries.
Farmers and stockbreeders were joined by schools and Plumpton College students who entered quality cattle and sheep in the livestock classes.
Visitors packed trade stands, seeking summer country wear rather than wellies and jackets this year while main arena events thrilled the crowds. Youngsters found plenty to do with mini go-karts, a bucking bronco, climbing wall, fairground and giant floating bubbles.
Meanwhile business at trade stands proved the economic downturn has not yet defeated country folk who lined up to admire - and buy - garden equipment, tractors, off-road vehicles and designer gardens.
Celebrating her first year as show secretary, Nicola Magill told the Express: “This really was the best ever. We are also thrilled we seem to have resolved the former car park queuing problem. Everyone enjoyed themselves and feedback has been brilliant.” ‘