A record-breaking number of visitors flocked to Oswestry Show at the weekend.

The annual agricultural highlight saw more than 16,000 visitors in attendance as the showground basked in warm weather for a second year running.

Chairman Nigel Whittingham, who was leading his third and final show in the role, said he was pleased with the turnout and thanked everyone who made it possible.

He told the Advertizer: “It has been fun. It is the sort of penultimate thing to do after being on the show committee for so log.

“There is a lot of work leading up to it, but without the girls in the office it would not be possible.”

But the day was tinged with sadness after this year’s president, Graham Arthan, passed away before the event.

His wife, Linda, represented him, saying the event was “a major part of Graham’s life”.

She added: “We have had a very successful show this year, the sun shone and the crowds turned up in great numbers to create a buzzing and friendly atmosphere.”

Highlights of show included the Stannage International Stunt Team who wowed the crowds in the main ring, while there were giant tortoises and Ridgeside Falconry for people to see.

Once again the show was packed out with competition entries in the Women’s Institute hall, the fast-paced sheep shearing contest, and cavies, pigeons and poultry, plus sheep, cows and rare breeds.

Visitors also made the most of the trade stands which were well supported by local businesses.

Meanwhile, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson received a grilling from farmers as he attended a Brexit breakfast hosted by the NFU Oswestry branch.

For a full round-up of the show, see out 12-page special starting on page 31 of this week's Tizer.