DESPITE economic crisis and Broken Britain’s summer of riots, a traditional aspect of life is booming – village and country shows.
Entries and attendance have shot up this year in the Lancaster area and several shows have been revived by popular demand.
Organisers believe the new age of austerity has led people to turn their back on consumerism and rediscover the virtues of growing their own vegetables, making jam and baking cakes.
And the hard work certainly paid off, with country shows recording a boom in attendance and participation.
In many villages the shows made a welcome return after years away as residents decided to go back to their roots.
“There’s been an interest in people growing their own vegetables and having an allotment,” said Val Simpkin, committee member for Dolphinholme Horticultural Show, which is being brought back on September 10 after a 17-year absence.”
See the Lancaster Guardian (01-09-11) for full story.