THE Royal Cheshire County Show lived up to its ‘bigger and better than ever’ promise for 2018, with thousands of people enjoying the first of two days of top quality entertainment, demonstrations and displays at the Tabley Showground.

The show is celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, and features more than 700 trade stands, the iconic Tabley Eye and the return of the jaw-dropping display by the Bolddog Lings, among a top line-up offering something for everyone.

Cheshire’s rich farming history was represented by hundreds of exhibits, including livestock, poultry, light and heavy horses, and the display in the Delamere Dairy Main Ring.

Cheshire Agricultural Society chairman Tony Garnett said he was looking forward to welcoming The Duke of Gloucester to the show, and thanked everyone for attending and taking part in the event in its special year.

See this week's Guardian for full coverage of the two days and more pictures.