AN estimated 10,000 people enjoyed the Worcester Show as crowds braved torrential downpours for a festival of family fun.

With a dog show, a sports zone and craft and floral marquees, there was something for everyone in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, on Sunday. Gerry Leith, chairman of the organising committee, said: “It’s busier than ever despite the weather.”

Visitors browsed through 140 trading stalls at the event, organised by Worcester City Council and the Worcester Show Committee. Air cadets from the 187 (City of Worcester) Squadron gave drill displays. Claire Bulman and Carl Davis of Blackpole, Worcester, came along with children Jack Bulman, 10, Harry Bulman, eight, and Ted Davis, three, trying their hand on a Dragonboat drum.

Richard Portman of the Defence Lab which has classes at St John’s, Perdiswell, Warndon and Malvern for people aged four and up said: “How many little boys don’t like to kick and punch stuff?”

Zoe Kingston of Wichenford attended with son Tasman Kingston, three. She said he ‘loved the model trains and the bouncy castle’.

Madge Cooper, 82, of Worcester Society of Artists had limited edition prints on sale of her painting of Worcester Cathedral in the snow. She has been painting since she was a girl.

Judge Jim Sneddon of DigiBox Camera Club was impressed by the standard of entries in the photographic competition. Ray Martin of Ombersley Road, Worcester won two first prizes and one second. It was the first time he had entered.

Andrew Pickering displayed models including HMS Belfast, made by a mystery model-maker out of matchsticks. Malcolm Styles said ‘we’re very proud’ after South Worcestershire Bonsai Society won best show display for a third year in a row.