MORE than 12,000 people flocked to the 142nd Great Harwood Agricultural Show on bank holiday Monday – doubling the distinguished event’s best ever previous attendance.

Delivering more animals, events, competitions and entertainment, the show’s new spacious home on Harwood Lane, proved an ideal setting for the haven of activity.

Organiser Carol Armer said: "We couldn’t have asked for anything better. We were a little worried about how it would go after moving venue to the new showground, but people seemed to love it, which we didn’t expect in its first year here."

Activities taking place included dog and horse shows, show jumping, dressage, rabbit and poultry competitions, tug of war, racing pigeons, paintballing, ferret racing, a rock climbing wall, fell running and a range of special animal displays.

Councillor Peter Clarke, deputy leader of Hyndburn Council and ward councillor for Overton in Great Harwood, was so impressed that he tipped the new location as a potential home for the Royal Lancashire Show.

He said: "It was a really big spacious ground, which made for a great event, and it would be perfect for the Lancashire Show. Lots of people flocked there and seemed to enjoy every minute. The atmosphere was good and there were plenty of things going on.

"I’ve got to say the sun played it really well too because it didn’t rain until 5pm."

Carol added: "As well as all the new exhibitors this year, it was brilliant to almost always have a central showpiece on the main ground. There’s always things to improve but it was ideal really. The people were great and many commented on how it was a good old fashioned agricultural show and the best they’d seen in years."

Click on the video window for sights and sounds from the show, and see this week's Observer for more pictures