Despite being overshadowed by the tragic death of Red 4, Flt Lt John Egging, Uffington’s White Horse Show chalked up another success in its 40th year.
The general economic situation has meant that shows up and down the country have seen fewer visitors this year, and the White Horse Show was no exception. Nevertheless we are confident of having made a satisfactory profit once the final show accounts are completed in a couple of months’ time.
As always, any funds raised will go into a charitable trust for the benefit of local community organisations such as the school, church and sports club.
The weather was cool for August, with occasional sunny intervals, but crucially we were spared heavy rain, ensuring that the showground and car park stayed in good condition and allowing visitors to enjoy all the many attractions. A new showground layout generally seemed to benefit both stallholders, who were there in record numbers, and customers, as well as providing a better location for the numerous historic vehicles on display.
Topping this year’s arena events were The Devil’s Horsemen, whose Cossack trick riding astounded their audience. Equally popular was our falconer, Jonathan Marshall, and Jive Pony returned to the show with an exciting new act.
Although the Red Arrows were regrettably cancelled, a moving tribute to them and Flt Lt Egging was held on the Monday morning. The Colours of the Royal British Legion, celebrating its 90th anniversary, together with Chelsea Pensioners and Wantage Air Cadets paraded in the main arena, where a minute’s silence in memory of Flt Lt Egging was observed by the hundreds of spectators.
The tribute concluded with a wonderful display by a WWII Hurricane which had fought in the Battle of Britain. A collection for the RAF Benevolent Fund taken by the RAF cadets in Flt Lt Egging’s name raised over £350.
Altogether this year’s Show was one of which Uffington could be proud. We hope it was successful for stallholders and enjoyable for our many visitors, and we thank all our exhibitors and performers. Further information about this year’s Show will be posted on our website www.whitehorseshow.co.uk where you will also be able to read details of our 2012 Show in due course.
Heavy horse images: Steve Cox