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Egham Royal Show opens - now in its 161st year!

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Egham Royal Show opens - now in its 161st year!

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 8:16am 24th August 2019. (Updated at 8:23am 24th August 2019)

Rolls Royce cars, rare breed animals, army equipment and a flight simulator are all on display at the Egham Royal show this weekend. 

The event, which is now in its 161st year will take place on Caddey's Field in Whitehall Lane, Egham over the weekend (August 24 - August 25). 

It is being opened at 10am on Saturday by the Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Parshotam Sohi. 

Popular attractions this year will feature the Venturer 16 Flight Simulator on both days, which enables people to feel like they are flying a Tornado, Typhoon or a Harrier.

The British Army will be well represented by the Ist Battalion Grenadier Guards Regimental Support Team, and the 39th Signal Regiment, the Skinners, from 94 Berkshire Yeomanry Signal Squadron Army Reserve Centre.

These teams will bring an assortment of equipment for people to try.

Show President Nick Wood-Dow said there is plenty for kids too:

"The livestock marquee is massive, so you can see the rare breeds; pigs, the sheep and the cattle close up. 

"Children love learning about how to milk a cow, we have wooden cows for them to practice on. All part of education.

"We have an archery area, where people like to try their hand at archery. And this year Staines Boat Club is allowing people to try their hand at rowing." 

More than 150 classic and vintage vehicles will be there on both days, with the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club joining them on Sunday.

The vintage Rolls Royce and Bentley cars on display will include a 1933 Bentley Mark V, a 1933 Rolls Royce 20/25, a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a 1939 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, a 1949 Bentley Mark VI, a 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a 2008 Bentley GT.

The Club has more than 9000 members worldwide and has not been to Egham Royal Show for several years. Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite vehicle each day.

Nick explains the event, now in its 161st year, said the event is run entirely by volunteers: 

"I can't guarantee that we'll be here in 2020 or 2021. We need to hand over the experience of those of us who have done 35 years to the next generation and see whether they continue to like it."

"But it may be that agricultural shows don't have a future. The county show is still very sucessful, the other shows in Surrey have been running a long time. 

"I hope the Egham Royal Show will continue but it's down to how many volunteers we can persuade to put it together."

The Show opens at 10am on both days and closes at 5.30pm.

On Saturday, there is a Barn Dance in the Community Marquee starting at 7.30pm organised by Egham Residents Association.

More information can be found here.



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