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Can this Westmorland Show be a record breaker?

There are already more than 30,000 people at this year's Westmorland County Show, which means they're getting close to last year's record of 35,000.

There are plenty of people there... and lots of cattle too. Credit: ITV Border

Thousands expected at Westmorland Show

Preparations are well underway. Credit: ITV Border

Marquees and show rings have been popping up in fields near Kendal, as Cumbria's biggest agricultural show gets underway.

Organisers are expecting around 30,000 people to turn up to this year's Westmorland County Show, at Crooklands.

They're asking people to help ease traffic by following the signs.

From the North down the M6 exit at J36, if you're coming up the M6 please exit at J35, coming from Kendal please come through past the hospital and come through Endmoor.

Coming from the Furness peninsula please come through Levens Bridge, turn right and come through Milnthorpe."

– Christine Knipe, Westmorland County Show


Drivers should expect delays for Elton John concert

Cumbria Police are advising motorists to allow extra time and follow the correct road signs when travelling to Elton John's concert this evening.

The singer is performing at this year's Westmorland County Show and thousands of tickets have been sold.

Traffic signs will take those travelling from the south along the A6 to Milnthorpe, and right at the crossroads.

Police say for those coming from the north, the best route is to turn off the Brettargh Holt roundabout and head to Milnthorpe, turning left at the crossroads in the centre of the town.

The traffic lights at the crossroads will be manually operated to ease traffic.

"These routes may not be the normal way that people would travel if they know the area, but we really do urge everyone to follow them.

"They may not be the shortest routes but with the amount of traffic expected for the event, they will be the quickest. We expect the junction 36 roundabout to be very busy, with long delays."

– Inspector Paul Latham, Cumbria Police

30,000 expected at Westmorland Show

The Countess of Wessex Credit: PA

The 214th Westmorland County show gets underway at Lane Farm in Kendal today and around 30,000 visitors are expected.

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex is visiting the show, which is one of the largest and oldest in Cumbria.

Sections include cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, heavy horses, alpacas, dogs and poultry, as well as marquees for The Women's Institute, Learning for Life, Crafts from Cumbria, local produce Food Hall, Rural Crafts and over 350 trade stands.

Westmorland Show goes ahead

Despite the wet weather the region has entailed recently, Westmorland County Show is going ahead.

Founded in 1799 and now in it's 213th year, the show is one of the largest and oldest one-day shows in the country.

The main attraction is the livestock competitions, with sections including cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs and poultry.

There's also marquees for The Women's Institute, Learning for Life, Crafts from Cumbria, as well as a local produce food hall and over 350 trade stands.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron is launching a "Fair Deal for Dairy Farmers" campaign at this years show.

He'll be asking residents to support his campaign with the NFU to secure the long term future of the dairy industry.

The show is based at Lane Farm, Crooklands near Kendal and gates open at 8am.