Guernsey Press

Thousands flock to Saumarez Park for 102nd North Show

WHILE the North Show is in its 102nd year, the interest is certainly not slowing as thousands turned out to Saumarez Park for the first day of the annual two-day event.

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Lifesize robots, quad-bike mania and snakes were just some of the popular activities at the last of the summer shows.

‘It’s very good, it’s going really well with the number of people that have been coming through the doors since they opened,’ said show manager Josh Cotran-Gabriel.

‘The weather has been on our side and the UK entertainment like Titan the Robot has been an absolute storm, so overall I’m really happy with that.’

Judging of exhibit tents and the livestock and horse and pony classes took place yesterday morning, whereas the entertainment kicks off from 10.30am today.

Open throughout the show is the vintage carousel ride, the reptile tent, the Friquet family area and storytime with the Guille-Alles Library.

‘The Battle of Flowers should also bring in lots of people who can enjoy that,’ said Mr Gabriel.

‘It’s our second year having an outdoor stage, and last year we had about 3,000 in that area during the evenings, so we’re hoping for that again this year.’

Last night two bands, Sonic Bomb and The Rubix took to the stage, and tonight will feature two sets from The Big Band Collective.

Mr Gabriel said that the two days were flat out for him, but after the initial few hours he was able to enjoy it more.

The Battle of Flowers takes place today from 2pm.

The public can view the floats around the arena and then watch the presentations at 4.15pm.

The show will come to a close when the beer tent closes at 11pm.