TENS of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Cheshire Show which starts today and continues tomorrow.
The largest event of its kind in the North West, the show regularly has around 60,000 visitors.
Volunteers were yester- day bustling around the showground at Tabley, near Knutsford, erecting the hundreds of trade stands, marquees, animal enclos- ures, and filling the Roberts Bakery Food Hall with plenty of delicious treats.
Now in its 170th year, the show is also welcoming its first Cheshire female president, Elizabeth Bromley Davenport.
Mrs Bromley Davenport follows in the footsteps of numerous male presidents throughout the years and only one other woman president, the Princess Royal in 1999.
Elizabeth Bromley Davenport is the American wife of William Bromley Davenport, the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, and they live at Capesthorne Hall, at Siddington, near Macclesfield.
Cheshire Show chairman John Platt said: “Her deep interest in the show and keen eye for beauty make her ideal for the role. She sees the beauty of the animals and could walk into a ring and judge with a moment’s notice.
“She has an eye for detail from judging animals to paintings and tapestry work in the WI tent.”
This year’s show is expected to be a crowd pleaser with a dazzling line-up for the main ring including the Royal Artillery motor bike display team – The Flying Gunners – The Chariots of Fire horse display team, and many more as well as thousands of animals which will be on the show ground.
The show offers attrac- tions such as a mini boating lake, a climbing wall, fast and furious motor bike demonstrations and a vast array of cuddly and rare animals to make sure every- one has a day to remember.
TV chef and personality Clarissa Dickson Wright is no stranger to Cheshire, and spending time at Cholmondeley with friends is something she has done for years and always looks forward to returning.
She said: “I have had friends in Cheshire for years and always feel at home coming to visit.”
Cheshire-based pop tycoon Pete Waterman OBE has praised the show’s remarkable growth as it prepares for another successful year.
Tickets for the show are available on the gate, priced at £12.50 adults, £9.50 senior citizens and concessions, £5.50 children (aged 5-16yrs). Children under five go free.