CROWDS flocked to Keighley Show – which made its return yesterday after an enforced two-year absence due to the pandemic.

Organisers said they were delighted with the success of the event, at Marley playing fields.

There was a huge range of attractions across the showground.

The usual, traditional agricultural classes were held – including cattle, sheep and pygmy goats.

Around 60 classes – including some for children – featured in the handicraft, flower arranging, art, photography and baking sections, and there were over 100 classes in the horticulture section.

Exhibited produce in the horticulture section and flower arrangements were auctioned off towards the end of the afternoon.

A host of family entertainment included a performance from strongman John Evans-The Balance of Power!

SMJ Falconry, based at Oxenhope, brought a selection of its birds of prey. As well as discovering more about the birds’ features and abilities, there was a chance for people to take part in themed games and quizzes for children.

Youngsters from dance school ShowKids showcased their talents.

Ever-popular terrier racing made a return, plus there was ferret racing and a fun dog show.

A range of equestrian classes ran throughout the day.

Vintage cars were on show courtesy of the Craven Old Wheels Society, and there was a display of vintage tractors.

Also on offer were children's amusements, an array of stalls by local organisations, trade stands, a licensed bar and catering provision.

Admission to the showground was offered at the same price as in 2007. Thanks to funding from Keighley Town Council, everyone aged 16 and over paid just £5. And U16s were admitted free.

Free car parking was available at the site, or visitors could use a free vintage bus service – run by Keighley Bus Museum Trust – which operated regularly between Hanover Street in Keighley and the showground, via the railway station.

Keighley & District Agricultural Society had said before the show that it hoped the event would "bounce back" following the pandemic, and it was delighted with the response.

Show president Andrew Wood said: "There was a good turnout – people seemed pleased to see us back – and the weather held out.

"With the support of Keighley Town Council we were able to keep admission prices low, which is a blessing at the moment.

"There were lots of good exhibits, and the trade stand people were happy.

"I would like to say a big 'thank you' to the sponsors and to all the volunteers who worked hard to make the show happen, and to the public for its support on the day."

* Vintage tractors results: restored vintage tractor – 1 Stuart Baldwin, 2 David & Jess Throup, 3 David Lee, 4 Jack Hutchinson; unrestored/off-the-farm vintage tractor – 1 Nobby Clarke, 2 Daniel Dobson, 3 Matthew Gore, 4 Mike Maris; working vintage tractor – 1 Daniel Dobson, 2 and 3 David & Jess Throup, 4 Ian Swire; HM Townend Shield – Stuart Baldwin, with his 1939 Fordson N; Raymond J Townend Memorial Shield for most original vintage tractor, Nobby Clarke with his 1965 David Brown 880; Phillip Snowden Memorial Shield for best working vintage tractor, Daniel Dobson with his 1976 David Brown 1210.