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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Organisers hope for sun for biggest-ever Cumberland Show

Organisers of tomorrow’s Cumberland Show are praying for another sun-soaked success.

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Show chairman Gillian Potts and council member Richard Miller

Horns, hooves and halters are already on the moo-ve, as thousands of animals make their way to the curtain-raiser of the county’s show season in Carlisle.

The Cumberland Show Society is predicting the biggest event to date with online ticket sales going “through the roof”.

Last year saw 20,000 people through the gates of Carlisle Racecourse and hand the show a rosier future. Secretary Lorraine Phillips said: “A decision was made to withdraw the advance ticket facility from June 6, but even still figures look good, into the thousands.”

And if weather forecasters are to be believed this year will enjoy sunshine, albeit with some cloud.

Entries for all classes are up on previous years with almost 500 sheep, 250 cattle and 700 horses.

Away from the livestock competition rings, there are bumper entries also in the industrial section – with more than 3,800 Home Industries entries, up by almost 500 on last year. A range of other family entertainment and attractions are also being staged.

Farming Minister George Eustice will be at the show, which has Carrs Billington as its main sponsor, along with Meurig Raymond, president of the NFU.

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