Coloured smoke filled the sky as the Red Arrows performed their flypast – thrilling thousands at the climax of this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair.
Other entertainment at the Duke of Devonshire’s Peak District estate included pilot Stephen Carver’s aerobatics, military performers and a display of dancing diggers.
There were also further live cooking demonstrations, after TV chef Mary Berry’s visit at the start of the fair, plus the chance to browse hundreds of stalls, have a go at pursuits and even enter dogs in competitions.
The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery had brought along the historic guns fired on royal birthdays and at the birth of Prince George.
The Duke said ‘everything worked like clockwork’ at the fair – which was the 32nd at the famous stately home.
He said: “We wanted people to come along, have a go, take part, learn something or taste something new with all the wonderful food stands.
“The fair is also very important financially for the Chatsworth House Trust, to cover the cost of the estate.”
Dominic Reid, director of Chatsworth Country Fair – whose previous roles have included organising the Queen’s parade through the City of London for her Golden Jubilee – added: “We wanted to give crowds a real country feel, with local crafts on show such as dry stone walling, as well as the big displays.
“The aim is to make sure there is something new and different as well as what people are used to.”
David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire tourist agency, said: “Chatsworth Country Fair helps put the Peak District on the National tourism map by bringing in visitors from all over the UK.”
Organisers hope up to 90,000 people will have attended over the weekend.