Martin Read – Reporter
Last Sunday the Show organisers were rewarded with a richly-deserved beautiful day and the lucky residents of Billingshurst and visitors from much further afield thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular event staged at The Recreation Ground in Billingshurst’s Lower Station Road. After music from Kieran Blackmore at the Food Court – and the iconic Battle of Britain Lancaster fly past – the hugely popular five hour Show was launched with the traditional Carnival Procession – complete with Princess and courtiers – setting off from Jengers Mead, this year’s theme being “Tell me a Story”. The Show, jointly organised by Billingshurst & District Rotary Club and the Billingshurst Scout & Guide Group, raising much-needed charity funds, was opened by local children’s author Philip Beicken.
The Show was first held in 1987, but by common consent, this year’s family fun spectacular, bringing local businesses and the community together, was even better than ever. There was a superb Red Arrows fly past, a display by the multi award winning Horsham Bluebelles baton twirling team, music from the Petworth Band, a dog show, more music – from the artistic Taygan Paxton, and Horsham’s own Liam Wakefield and, the ever popular Knights of the Crusades performing two plays, with flaming torches and pyrotechnics, against the backdrop of their castle and podium. Add in dance sessions by VMA and at the maypole, a display by the Scouts and Guides, a big raffle, winner presentations and stalls aplenty featuring local crafts and community groups, and children’s story readings by Pauline Emsley, author of ‘Rag Doll Lost’ and ‘The Tear Dragon’ and the result was a breathtaking, very special day out, crammed with fun for the whole family, as confirmed by the many complimentary messages on social media – including: “A delightful Show – we had a wonderful time!” – “It was brilliant!” – “The best Show in years – thank you to all the people who worked so hard to give our village a day to remember – top drawer!” – “Wow! What a fantastic afternoon!” – “The flypasts were amazing – the organisers did a great job. What an event for our village – well done to everyone involved!”
And, the Lancaster crew were gobsmacked by the attendance and the atmosphere spread out below them, special tribute being paid to stalwart local volunteer Mrs Pat Homer for taking time out from her huge variety of community engagements to organise the fly pasts.
The Show organising committee is already working on another great show for next year, make a diary note of the date: Sunday June 28th, 2020. www.billingshurstshow.org.uk – 01403 786350 – 07785 313408 – firstname.lastname@example.org – and via Facebook.