Busy final day as South of England Show closes at Ardingly

South of England Show organisers and volunteers are hoping final day better weather might make up for lower crowds on the first two days.

Attendances for Thursday and Friday were a total of about 7,000 down going into today's (Saturday) final session, after overcast weather and rain on Frid

But with car parks busy in the sunny spells there were hopes the attendance figures might rally to something approaching last year three-day total of nearly 84,000.

Some of the most talented young people on the South received awards in the Young Craftsman of the Year Show during the final day, where visitors were astonished at the skill of the students.

And there was success for the new Bluebell Vineyard at Sheffield Park when its first vintages of sparking wine were judged a huge hit by experts and vistors alike.

Some of the most artistic talent on show was seen in the flower tent and WI tent, both of which have been big draws.

A cheeky display of decorated bras raised laughs in the WI tent, where there was also a stunning display of life-size model panto dames.

Sussex food has been highlighted, including what High Weald Dairy claim is the first Sussex Cheddar- using Sussex cows milk and tasted by Jim Paice, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food.

The Royal Signals Band, which has been playing at the show, was given the honour of closing the popular countryside showcase this evening (saturday).