CROWDS flocked to this year's Herefordshire Country Fair under blue skies and warm sunshine.

Held at Caradoc, near Ross-on-Wye, on Sunday, the fair played host to more than 10,000 people all eager to join the celebration of the county's rural life.

With plenty on offer – including trade stands, show jumping, dog shows and falconry display – families from around the county and beyond made the trip to the annual event.

And secretary of the committee, David Probert, hailed it a "great success".

"Particularly after the two incredibly wet years we have had," he said.

"We had a really good crowd, with probably more than 10,000 people on site.

The weather was very kind and it rained just enough on the Saturday that we didn't have to worry about watering the jumping courses and then it dried up nicely in the morning."

There was also a commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War which featured readings, prayers, British Legion standard bearers, a rendition of the Last Post and performance by a Welsh opera singer.

"It was just fantastic and the crow reacted beautifully," Mr Probert said.

"Old favourites were also enjoyed like the inter hunt relay and the terrier racing for example. Our professional act, Chariots of Fire, was brilliant and quite spectacular. We also had a coarse fishing competition which was a huge success and big crowds watching.

"I think our food hall was undoubtedly a success judging by the people who kept bringing me sausages and ice cream.

"It was a great day."

Entry to the event cost £10 and organisers hope they will have made s substantial amount to give to local charities.