A tremendous Aylsham Show marked its 70th anniversary in style as thousands flocked to the bank holiday spectacular.
And David Hitcham, treasurer of the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association, reported that a healthy surplus has been made.
It had more than made up for the two previous years of losses when the association’s reserves were depleted by about £32,000, he added.
It was also a vast relief that the show was such a great success after the heavy losses in the past two years said the president, Simon Evans, who is also chairman of the association’s council. He thanked the many thousands of visitors from across Norfolk, as a crowd estimated at more 18,000 visitors had clearly enjoyed the one-day show. Mr Evans said that show organisers would re-double efforts to improve access to the showground at next year’s event. He recognised that there had been some problems and traffic congestion.
Even one of his office colleagues and her family had been delayed in the heavy volume of traffic through Aylsham and towards the Blickling Park showground.
Discussions on possible improvements for vehicle access with the showground’s landlord, the National Trust, would be a high priority, he told the 30 members of the ruling council.
It might also be possible to improve the traffic flow with more flexible use of other approach roads to the showground, he said.
A suggestion of encouraging more visitors to arrive by bike was enthusiastically supported. A new secure enclosure for cyclists would be investigated as a further priority.
Mr Hitcham said that the association would be able to make a reasonable distribution early next year at the annual meeting in January once the final figures had been agreed.
However at this stage, he was not able to make a firm recommendation but stressed that the association must aim to build up a prudent financial reserve – given that it cost in the region of at least £150,000 to stage the annual show.
Mr Evans said that arrangements were in hand for the show administration following the retirement of the long-serving secretary, Chris Self and assistant secretary his wife Ann. There would be further discussions at the next meeting of the executive committee on October 18.