Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Thousands attend the Royal Manx Agricultural Show

Thousands of people have attended the annual Royal Manx Agricultural Show held at Knockaloe Farm.

The two-day farming celebration in Patrick is in the 60th year of its Royal Charter, but the show itself was first held in 1858.

Secretary Christine Pain said: "The weather has been great so far and we expect around 20,000 people over the two days."

This year's show incorporates more than 140 stands on the 19 acre site.

The best animal in show will be announced on Saturday, with Derek Griffin's recently crowned southern champion Hereford bull in contention.

'World-class performers'

The show includes vintage and modern agricultural machinery displays, craft displays, food and trade stands and the traditional show rings for livestock.

This year also sees a number of the world's leading BMX riders and skateboarders perform.

The UK-based Team Extreme will deliver eight performances, featuring a variety of ramp tricks and stunts.

Director of Team Extreme Neil Danns said his team "includes many world-class performers".

Manx world enduro champion David Knight is also entertaining the crowds.

With dry weather forecast police are advising people to share cars or take public transport.

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