Restored greenhouse steam boiler a show coup

FINAL preparations were under way yesterday for the fourth Vintage Agricultural Show, which starts at Les Paysans, St Peter’s, today.

Vintage Agricultural Show chairman Ron Le Cras, left, and vice-chairman Rodney Dyke with a coup for the fourth year of the show, a glasshouse sterilising boiler which had been in storage for 40 years. It was cleaned and repainted by Guernsey Museums. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29820139)
Vintage Agricultural Show chairman Ron Le Cras, left, and vice-chairman Rodney Dyke with a coup for the fourth year of the show, a glasshouse sterilising boiler which had been in storage for 40 years. It was cleaned and repainted by Guernsey Museums. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29820139)

The theme will again be equipment, working life and pastimes from the 1940s to the 1960s.

New attractions for this year include a vintage fairground from the UK and a boiler which Gilroy would have used to steam greenhouses in years gone by.

‘This is coup for us as the boiler has been in storage now for more than 40 years,’ said show chairman Ron Le Cras.

‘Guernsey Museums agreed that we could display the boiler and they had it cleaned and repainted especially for the occasion and we are really grateful for their support.’

Another popular attraction will be shire horses that have been brought from the UK.

‘We’re doing meet and greet sessions so people can have their photos taken with the horses and we also hope to put on rides for people in the arena in the eight-seater carriage that they have brought with them.’

Among the plethora of other entertainment on offer will be sheep racing, which starts at 1.30pm today.

Show times

The show opens at 10am both today and tomorrow. The agricultural aspect will run until about 6pm on both days. There will be a giant meat draw at 6pm today followed by bands in the beer tent until about 11pm. The show will close tomorrow at about 8.30/9pm.

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