Upcoming Collingham Show to feature Lancasters flypast

The 163rd Collingham Show will be extra special this year, thanks to a flypast from the last two airworthy Lancasters.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane, the Lancaster and Canadian Lancaster will fly over the Collingham Show and Ploughing Match on September 20 at around 2.10pm.

As well as the historical flypast, visitors to the annual event on Larksfield can expect all the best from a typical county show.

Thumper and Vera, the last two airworthy Lancasters. Photo: Sean Strange

Thumper and Vera, the last two airworthy Lancasters. Photo: Sean Strange

This year, visitors can enjoy have-a-go archery, Dog Show, Elaine Hill’s Sheepdog display, British Scurry & Trials Driving, a marching band, Collingham Fire Brigade demonstration, horse ploughing and more in the show rings.

Top livestock will also parade around the ring, while riders complete in a number of equine classes.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of trade stands and craft stalls to shop at, plus art and floral displays to admire.

Visitors can also try their hand at the tug-of-war or largest sunflower head competition, and children can take part in a competition to make an animal out of vegetables.

Those feeling hungry can enjoy a variety of locally sourced food and refreshments too.

RAF Fighter Pilot, Anthony Parkinson from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight said: “Not only is the flypast an amazing experience for the sheer noise it produces, this year visitors to Collingham Show will get chance to witness both of the only two remaining air-worthy Lancasters in the world at the same time.”

Chairman of the Collingham & District Agricultural Society, Gary Shelbourn, said: “The show is a great, traditional day out for the whole family. Come rain or shine there are plenty of events and attractions to see and get involved in.

“This year we’re very fortunate to have the historic flypast from the two Lancaster bombers. It will certainly be a very special show and one I know many people are looking forward to!”

Show President Michael Chennells added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed following the development and success of the show over the years and feel very honoured to be president for the 2014 show.

“Collingham Show offers something for everyone; a traditional village show in an idyllic location with a great atmosphere, along with a wide variety of entertainment throughout the day.

“This year we are privileged to have a flypast from the world’s only two flying Lancaster Bombers and I look forward to welcoming many visitors and seeing them enjoy the day.”

Gates to the show open at 9am, with ticket prices costing £6 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £4 for children 13 and over. Under 13s go free.

Free parking is available on site. For more information, visit the Collingham Show website.