No visiting funfair, but West Show remains same

TENTS were springing up at L’Eree on Saturday as preparations continued for the first West Show in two years which begins on Wednesday.

With the main tent being sourced locally for the first time, committee member Linda Norman said show-goers could expect the same things, but with a slightly different layout.

‘When we came out of the second lockdown we committed ourselves to putting a show on this year, but we did not know then how big it would be,’ she said.

West Show committee member Linda Norman. (Picture by Cassidy Jones, 29873730)

‘In some ways it’s been easier because we rebooked entertainment that was planned for last year, but I think there’s a bit of anxiety too as everybody is out of practice.

‘There’s also excitement that we are putting a show on again.’

One casualty for this year will be the visiting funfair which will not be happening.

‘The people who operate it are not double vaccinated and you’re not allowed to self isolate in caravans,’ said Mrs Norman.

‘It meant they would have had to come to Guernsey 14 days before to self-isolate and we would have had to pay for their accommodation while they did it.’

The Petit Funfair's water rollers and pedal boats and Little Pickles' chair-o-plane will be there.

Other UK entertainment will be coming including motorcycle trials rider Steve Colley and dog and duck act, Merion Owen and The Quack Pack, who will both be performing in the main arena on both days, along with local acts.

Side acts include magician Dr Fantasma, and Sprinkle of Magic who will have four characters in costume providing entertainment for the very young.

The show begins at 10am on both days. Access to exhibitions tents will not be possible until 1pm on Wednesday while the judging takes place.

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