3: A traditional village show

Volunteers at Lissett Village Fete earlier this summer, just one of many shows held in the East Riding during the summer months.
Volunteers at Lissett Village Fete earlier this summer, just one of many shows held in the East Riding during the summer months.

To people who have moved to the East Riding from other parts of the country, one of the things that impresses them most is the community spirit.

And one of the things which showcases this at its best, is a traditional village show.

They bring together people of all ages, celebrating traditional crafts and fostering friendships among neighbours.

Many villages continue the tradition in the summer months, and the popularity of TV programmes like the Great British Bake Off mean the marquees are thriving with home baking, proudly nurtured produce from greenhouses and lovingly created artwork.

The warm welcome he has received at shows in the area, prompted Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart to suggest it as his favourite East Yorkshire Experience.

He said: “The village show is a wonderful traditional day out for the whole family with loads of things to do and see, competitions to enter and cherished rosettes to win.

“There are often food stalls, interesting demonstrations, children’s entertainers and sports - all of this in the beautiful countryside of East Yorkshire without a television in sight.

“Local people spend hours preparing exhibits for the show such as flower arrangements, homemade cakes, photography, art work and garden produce, some shows even have pets and livestock.

“There is normally an educational aspect too with children’s handwriting and poetry classes.

“The village show represents all that is great about East Yorkshire. It’s local people working together as a team to make where they live nicer.

“Even in the depths of winter you’ll find a show committee gathering for a meeting or holding events to raise money to run the show.

“Although the show is just for one day each year, all the hard work which goes into making the day so special creates and nourishes bonds between the generations of villagers which last a lifetime.”