We first stopped in at the poultry show where the birds were being judged, chicken, turkey, water fowl etc. Several cocks were crowing and the noise was pretty loud. I asked one of the officials about the Orpington breed. The Buff Orpington was on the crest of the Chistlehurst Road Primary School, now closed, which I attended. There were some Orpingtons at the show but also some Orpington ducks which I had never heard of before.
|Judging the poultry|
|A plate of cockles in vinegar|
|The stick was used to move the feet together to make the animal stand straight|
|This lad was very proud standing in the ring on his own with the prize rosette. His parents and family were outside taking pictures.|
|Winners in the three sheep category|
|This was the "zamboni" at the tractor pull|
There was an extremely large area for kids with lots of different rides - all free once the admission price was paid. The Police had a Panda car on display and the armed forces had a number of automatic weapons on show as a recruitment tool. The show was very well attended as the weather was good and it was evident that people had come in from all around. The animals were going back home quite early, some of them would have to travel some time before getting back to their home turf.
All in all it was a great day which we thoroughly enjoyed, especially because it was something completely new to us. We walked back into town along by the river. There were two cricket matches in progress on the other side of the river. The players were in their whites and the afternoon calm was occasionally punctuated by a chorus of "'Owzat" (How's that?)
We met Charles Spencer and Roan for supper this evening. We started at the Three Fishes and ate at the Armoury.