RECORD crowds enjoyed the sunshine at the 150th anniversary of a popular agricultural show.

Organisers of Stokesley Show said they were expecting ticket sales to confirm their best-ever attendance.

More than 22,000 visitors enjoyed a packed timetable, which included the Fishburn Brass band, the Preston Gavioli Steam Organ, Cleveland Foxhounds, Stokesley Farmers Beagles, the Hurworth Foxhounds, the Pauline Reader Can-Can Dancers from Derbyshire and dozens of trade stands and exhibits.

The Royal Signals White Helmets motorcycle display team was also on hand to dazzle the crowds in the main show ring.

The agricultural programme boasted record entries and the marquees housed hundreds of exhibits, including children’s work, photography, cookery and craftwork.

Exhibitors were all hoping to get a share of the record £20,000 prize fund, which the Stokesley Show committee had put on offer as part of the 150th anniversary celebration.

Trade stand owners, many of which return every year, said business had been good.

John Seymour, of the show committee, said: “We have had a fantastic day. We are expecting gate numbers to be up so it is a great way to mark the 150th anniversary.

“Cattle and sheep entries are up, we are back to full strength following foot-and-mouth and the quality is fantastic. I know some of the judges have had a tough time deciding on the winners.

“There has been such a wonderful atmosphere. Some of the exhibitors made an extra special effort to celebrate our 150th anniversary. It has been great to see.

“People come to this show from all over the country and this year we have all but one of the living past presidents.

“It takes a lot of work to put this event on and people have put in a huge effort.”

Mr Seymour added: “This year we have seen an increase in the number of young people taking part. The show is has a good future ahead of it and will continue for many years to come.”

* For more pictures and all the results see today's Darlington and Stockton Times