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Ellingham Show set to 'bounce back' for 75th anniversary after three years of weather and Covid cancellations

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A SPITFIRE flypast will help mark the long-awaited return of the Ellingham Show for its 75th anniversary after a string of three cancellations.

The popular event will be staged in the grounds of Somerley Park, near Ringwood, on Saturday 13th August.

Having been cancelled in 2019 due to heavy rain and wind, Covid-19 restrictions put paid to it in both 2020 and 2021.

Action from the most recent Ellingham Show in 2018
Action from the most recent Ellingham Show in 2018

Volunteer-led charity the Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Society stages the event to make donations to local good causes.

The last show in 2018 resulted in over £30,000 being donated to several charities.

Chair Steve Thompson said: “We’ve worked really hard not just to make a comeback but to have a celebration, and hopefully one of our best shows since 1947.

“In addition to new acts in the main ring, as well as old favourites and a wide mix of shopping stands around the showground, we’ve added more attractions for children and changed the boundary to the horse show rings, which will enable our visitors safely to watch more of the horse events from the main show area.

“We’ll also be giving all our visitors the opportunity to thank all those who cared and looked out for us during these last three years.”

The main ring will host a parade of thanks by key workers from all walks of life, representing those who have kept working for people and their loved ones throughout the pandemic.

Depending on the weather, there is set to be a flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Visitors are invited to bring picnics or sample a range of refreshments available on-site, including two Hall and Woodhouse bars.

A mixture of music is promised, with three bands performing throughout the day.

New facilities and rest areas have been introduced on the showground for people with disabilities or who are less mobile.

Mr Thompson added: “This show could not run without the support of the many individuals, businesses and organisations who have been supporting us behind the scenes, enabling us to bounce back this year.”

Organisers assured they have worked closely with National Highways and the AA to mitigate the effects of the A31 Ringwood roadworks and contraflow.

But visitors are advised to check travel information and allow extra time for holiday and show traffic.

Tickets for the show, which runs from 9am-5.30pm, are available on the day or online at ellinghamshow.co.uk

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