Hope Show won’t rest on its Laurels - SLIDESHOW

THAT’s another fine mess you’ve got me into...

These Laurel and Hardy lookalikes brought a big smile to the faces of some of the thousands of visitors to the Hope Show.

The Hope Show 2011. Highland cattle on display

The Hope Show 2011. Highland cattle on display

Farming and countryside customs were on the agenda for the Hope Valley’s biggest annual event, with the people of the Peak District showing off their culture, heritage and skills.

Cattle and livestock shows, horse events and showjumping, an alpaca fleece competition, displays of spinning and other wool crafts, classic cars and vintage tractors were just some of the attractions at this years Hope Show.

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In the cattle shows alone, there were classes for dairy, beef and young farmers, as well as special prizes.

Cuddly: Alpacas at Hope Show.

Cuddly: Alpacas at Hope Show.

Also at the traditional agricultural show, which was first held in 1853, were Best-of-British themed young farmers’ competitions, a gundog demonstration by the United Retriever Club, sheepdog trials, and advice and guidance on keeping poultry from High Peak Bantam Club.

The popular sheepdog trials carried on until today, with skilful shepherds and working dogs navigating a number of tricky challenges with large herds of sheep.

And there was also a sheep show, where people learnt about the different breeds, and saw a winner picked in each category, as well as demonstrations of sheep shearing.

The show, held at Marsh Farm in Hope, is run by an army of local volunteers, and is a key event in the Hope Valley social calendar.

Cuddly: William Mullin with a sheep.

Cuddly: William Mullin with a sheep.

The event was the first show under new president Steve Fox, who was brought up in Bamford and now lives in Hope with his wife, Jayne.

More than 8,000 people were estimated to have visited the show for a great family day out, enjoying both the attractions on offer and the goods available at the 80 stalls on site.

We're having a laugh: Laurel and Hardy lookalikes at the Hope Show.       Pictures: Sarah Washbourn.

We're having a laugh: Laurel and Hardy lookalikes at the Hope Show. Pictures: Sarah Washbourn.