12:59PM, Tuesday 26 August 2014
Awful weather cast a dampener on the 80th Littlewick Green Show yesterday.
Maidenhead Concert Band set the tone first thing in the morning by playing a spirited rendition of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in the bandstand.
Show secretary Valerie Bosley said: "People put on a happy face and made the best of it."
Valerie said that poor turnout caused by the weather meant the show had made a substantial loss this year.
But she was confident it would bounce back.
The dog show was run as usual by Helen Heaton, of Clare Road, Maidenhead and her family.
But only 50 people entered, instead of the usual 300 and the show finished early.
Helen's daughter Anna said: "Everybody who did enter was very good humoured about it."
Visiting judge Sussie Wiles joked: "Only the chihuahuas floundered in the rain."
The horse show went ahead in the non-stop rain, although three of the planned events and the gymkhana were cancelled.
Only 60 of the expected 200 vintage cars turned up for the Austin 7 Vintage Car Rally run by the Thames Valley section of the Austin 7 Owners Club.
The horticultural and domestic show was safely dry under canvas. The Maconochie Cup and diploma for first prize in the cookery class went to Paula Terry-Hughes for her Alice in Wonderland cake.
Paula, who was celebrating her 48th birthday, said: "I have been entering this show since I was four. My mum would always enter and I would have a go in the children's classes."
Paula, who used to live in Knowl Hill, joked: "My grown-up sons are 26 and 28 and are more into eating it than cooking."
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, presented the cups and prizes.
Inevitably some events fell victim to the rain.
Show secretary Valerie said: "We found a four-year-old girl called Jasmine Durbaree who was a bit distressed because there was no children's fancy dress competition as she was the only one.
"The mayor was nearby, so we awarded her the first prize."
Maidenhead's MP Theresa May took time off from her responsibilities as Home Secretary to visit the show.
The Littlewick Show is Maidenhead's largest one-day event and has been held annually since 1934, only pausing during the Second World War.
It is designed to bring the community together and help raise money for charities, which set up stalls around the grounds.
It is sponsored by the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust and the Shanly Foundation.
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