ENTRIES to the 105th Berkeley Show were good and more than 9,000 people enjoyed a great day out.

The show's secretary Christine Carter said both visitors, competitors and traders were smiling throughout the event.

"The main comment I have had from people is that it was very enjoyable," she said.

"I would like to thank all the local people and organisations that helped us on the day.

"The climbing wall was a new attraction and was very popular and we had very good entries to the competitions. It has been a great success."

The League of Friends of Berkely Hospital gained good support on its stand campaigning against the closure of the hospital. The target of getting 100 protest letters signed on the day was doubled and 200 will be winging their way to the health trust's consultation office.

A final show of protest is a rally at Berkeley Hospital on Saturday at 11am with a parade through the town.

Highlights of the show in the main ring included the judging, vintage tractors, owl flying, parades of the Berkeley Hounds and Wick and District Beagles, show driving, heavy horses and gun dogs.

In the picnic area there was entertainment from Sharpness Silver band, Dr Jazz. Chipping Vale Girls Young Farmers Cheerleaders and line dancing.

All day there were stalls to browse including a farmers' market, craft marquee, horticultural and WI tent and a funfair and face painting for the children.

The rain held off all day despite dark clouds on the horizon.