LATCHLEY, Chilsworthy and Cox Park’s annual show proved a popular day out for visitors on Saturday.

A last-minute change of venue did not impact on visitor numbers and the show got off to a great start with fine weather.

Jane Honey, editor of the Times, was invited to present the awards to the many winners on the day and a bouquet of flowers was given to her in appreciation.

Almost 800 exhibits were on display in the marquee and in the collective opinion of the judges, the best exhibit in the show was a piece of needlecraft by Maggi Murray of Chilsworthy, depicting a mermaid. Standards were high in all classes.

Entertainment included the wonderful, exuberant and entertaining Wreckers Morris from St Dominick, Emmas Dogs with Flyball, live music from Callington Town Band, childrens’ races, Punch and Judy, various side stalls and trade stands.

The ‘small animal’ section, always a children’s favourite, had poultry and recently hatched ducklings and young ferrets to cuddle and admire. A dog show, pony show and vintage vehicle display complemented the afternoon’s entertainment and the accolade for ‘best turned-out vintage vehicle’ went to Pete Maunder of Gulworthy with his 1925 Citroen Cloverleaf. The commitment and support of helpers was praised.

A spokesperson for the show committee said: ‘This year, special thanks are extended to Chris and Georgina Facey for the use of their land at Greenhill and to Henry Flashman for his co-operation and participation.

‘The committee relies heavily on the goodwill of local residents and volunteers in the staging and running of the event on the day. There are too many to name individually but our thanks and appreciation are extended to you all.

‘The show is undoubtedly a tribute to the wonderful community spirit that exists within these three small hamlets and the wider community.’