'Queen's Beasts' are created by recycling
Daniel Whiteway • Published 11 Sep 2012 12:00 0 Comments
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The Queen's horses: The 'Queen's Beasts', made by recycled metals, will be on show at the Royal County of Berkshire Show.
THE Newbury Showground is all set for a bumper Berkshire Show on
Saturday and Sunday.
The livestock turnout will give visitors the opportunity to see a host
of rare breeds amongst the ever popular cattle, sheep and poultry - with
this year's show selected as the venue for the Aberdeen Angus national
There will also be a Spitfire flypast to mark the Diamond Jubilee year,
a BMX stunt team demonstration, around 600 shopping and craft stalls, a
live performance by Britain's Got Talent finalists Faces of Discoand
scurry competitions, with pony and traps racing through a coned course.
Show chairman Ian Nutt said: "Everyone knows the Berkshire Show is great
if you love farming and animals, but this year we are really strong in
terms of active, hands-on entertainment for young people in particular.
It has to be Berkshire's biggest and best family event of the year."
Television presenter John Craven will be signing copies of Countryfile
Handbook on Sunday and visitors can also expect to see some top showing
and showjumping names, including Katie Jerram, who won Supreme Horse at
the Royal International Horse Show 2012.
Royal beasts will also be among the special guests. The Queen's Beasts
were a set of stone sculptures which guarded Westminister Abbey on her
coronation day on June 2, 1953 and a modern interpretation of them will
be on display at the show.
They are made from recycled metals, including more than 3,000 drinks
cans, a fire extinguisher and car bumpers. The beasts include the lion
of England, the unicorn of Scotland and the white horse of Hannover.
Tickets can be bought in advance until tomorrow (Friday) at
www.berkshireshow.co.uk or at the showground over the two days.
Advance tickets are £14 for adults, £12 for over 60s, £5 for children
aged five to 16 and free for children under the age of five, or £18 for
adults, £14 for over 60s and £7 for children on the day aged five to 16
on the day.