Looking back at The Little Royal

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It’s show time in Bakewell this week - so we have taken a look back at some of the historic and memorable moments from the ‘Little Royal’.

The show was started in 1819 by landowners in Chesterfield and was held alternately at the Angel Inn in Chesterfield and the Rutland Arms in Bakewell.

Bamford youngster Jenny Flatt and friend in 1989

Bamford youngster Jenny Flatt and friend in 1989

In 1925 the show moved to Coombs Road, Bakewell and in 1929 changed name for the last time to Bakewell Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

During the 60s and 70s the one day show became increasingly successful and the show offices were built in 1965.

It finally became a two day show in 1980 and in 1998 the Agricultural Business Centre was built.

The UK was hit by foot and mouth disease in 2001 but the show went ahead - without animals - one of the only shows in the country to do so.

Bill Wright with a prize winner in 2002

Bill Wright with a prize winner in 2002

In 2002 it was hampered by disastrous flooding in the weeks before the show. The show days, however, were dry and record crowds attended but extra outlay on wet weather measures made it a financial flop with a loss of £25,000.

In 2008 dedicated horse classes started taking place on Tuesday afternoons and in 2011 the children’s entry fee for under-11s was scrapped.