Picture gallery: Portishead Flower Show and Country Fair

SOARING temperatures and hazy sunshine attracted record crowds to the Portishead Flower Show and Country Fair.

The highlight of the town’s gardening calendar saw around 2,000 entries in hundreds of different categories ranging from flowers, fruit and vegetables to cookery, artwork and handicrafts.

Live jazz music filled the Clevedon Road showfield, as children paraded in fancy dress costumes and raced around the arena competing for a prize.

A rock climbing wall challenged the skills of both adults and children, with a circus workshop and a dog display team adding to the fun.

However, the most memorable moment for many visitors will be when the sheep escaped from the enclosure during the sheep dog trials and scattered across the field, closely followed by a team of flower show officials.

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Flower show spokesman Alan Longdon said: “This year provided some great moments of fun and hilarity as well as a record number of entries in the various categories.

“We are grateful that the people of Portishead and the surrounding areas continue support the show each year.”

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The annual event, organised by Portishead and District Horticultural Society, has been running for 148 years.

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