'Quieter than normal' Roxeth Show still draws in thousands of visitors

This Is Local London: The Roxeth Recreation Ground, in South Harrow, boasted a number of stalls and attractions yesterday for the first day of the show The Roxeth Recreation Ground, in South Harrow, boasted a number of stalls and attractions yesterday for the first day of the show

Thousands from the borough and beyond attended the first day of the annual Roxeth Show.

The Roxeth Recreation Ground, in South Harrow, boasted a number of stalls and attractions on Saturday for the first day of the show, which is organised by the Harrow and Pinner Lions and sponsored by the Harrow Times.

One particular highlight of the day included the school’s funfair-themed carnival parade, which featured a procession from three schools into the main arena.

The schools, Brooks Heath College, of Eastcote Lane, and Welldon Park Infant School and Junior School, of Kingsley Road and Wyvenhoe Road, also performed dances for the gathering crowds.

Isabella Hargrave, who helps to co-ordinate the school parade each year, said: “It went well today, the music worked and everyone seemed to enjoy it - and the sun was shining so that was a plus.

“A few schools had to drop out this year which was a shame, but we had so many pupils from the three schools taking part that it made up for it.”

The free show, which organisers believe was attended by around two thousand people yesterday, will continue today with a number of special attractions including a dog show from the NSPCA.

Organiser Tony Hurley said: “The locals enjoy it and we see a lot of the same faces every year but this year has been a lot quieter than normal. It has been great that the sun’s come out, but we’ve had a lot of groups and stalls that are normally here just drop out. People keep asking me where their favourite stall is and I have to tell them they just couldn’t come this year.”

Along with a decline in the number of stall it is believed that some services, such as refuse vehicles, which previously provided their support for free will no longer be able to do so after this year.

The refuse service alone is thought to cost around £1,000 for the weekend.

Mr Hurley added: “People have still come out to support us despite it being a bit smaller, and that’s great.”

A number of families and friends ventured out in the sun to join in the festivities at the grounds, sampling some of the food and drink there was to offer.

The Rubens family, who had brought a picnic to the event, said: “Yes, it does feel a bit of a different atmosphere this year but the sun shine is certainly bringing out the best in people. It’s still a great event, we like to come along whenever we can as it’s nice to see that people come from far and wide for something that’s essentially a local fete.”

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