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Tens of thousands attend first day of Balmoral Show

Katelin and Tara O'Brien with prize winning Lollipop the Limousin cow at the 150th Balmoral Show Picture Mal McCann.

THE sun shone on tens of thousands of visitors and competitors who attended the first day of the Balmoral Show yesterday.

Day-trippers browsed hundreds of stands, featuring everything from craft displays to agricultural machinery, and watched livestock and equine competitions.

Yesterday's festivities included a motocross demonstration and a flower arranging competition. The Irish rugby team's Six Nations trophy was also on show.

British royal Princess Anne was among the visitors at the event, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The 150th Balmoral Show Picture Mal McCann.

An anniversary display showed photographs detailing the show's long history. Historical agricultural artefacts were also on display.

The four-day show, which will run until Saturday, features popular events including cattle judging, sheep shearing and show jumping.

The 150th Balmoral Show Picture Mal McCann.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the show - Northern Ireland's largest agricultural event - in Balmoral Park at the former Maze prison site on the outskirts of Lisburn.

Horses and their riders at the 150th Balmoral Show. Picture by Mal McCann

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