Sales of “early-bird” tickets, costing £12 each – and offering a £3 discount on the £15 gate price – have also been encouraging, said treasurer David Hitcham.

He told the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association’s council meeting that early distribution of advance tickets to retailers would also boost sales.

The association welcomes support from Show organisers said that a large number of retailers including butchers’ shops in the town were also stocking the discounted advance tickets.

An on-site cash machine facility will also be available for the first time at this summer’s show, it was agreed.

Over the years, the association has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes by running the one-day show.

Show organisers confirmed that the ever-popular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will return to Blickling on Monday, August 29 and should include the RAF’s trio of Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane planes.

Advance tickets, £12. Parking free. Children under 16 free. On the gate, adult entrance, £15.

John Wootten President of Aylsham Show 2017
Aylsham Show President I am very pleased and honoured to be President of the Aylsham Show in 2017. We moved to Aylsham in 1978, but as a ship’s captain, my job took me abroad for several years. In 1982 my wife’s uncle, John Thornton, then local director of Barclays Bank was President of the Show and he persuaded me to get involved. When illness forced me to retire from the sea, I became Assistant Showground Director to Tom Elwes for several years until 1992. After some years building up Eastern Events, in 2010 I took over as Show Director from Jamie Jamieson. My grandfather farmed at Horsham St Faith and I like to think that he may have visited the show in its formative years. My wife Charlotte certainly competed at the Show in the 1960’s, majoring on the gymkhana. Up until the end of last year I was a director of Revival Productions who have staged very successful concerts in Blickling Park for the past 5 years. All of us who work for the Show have special moments. As Show Director I was always on site by 5 am – a magical time with the mist rising and everything just stirring. The stockmen are washing down their cattle, and sheep are calling to one another. But soon it is all go and you look at your watch and discover it is 2 o’clock in the afternoon before you know it. One of the things I will really enjoy as President is actually being able to see the Show and to meet and thank all the people who make it such a success. The Show is a fantastic organisation where people give their time and energy to raise money for local charities and I am very proud to be a part of it and to be President in 2017.
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