Huge crowds flock to Thame Country Fair

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Around 14,000 people braved freezing conditions to enjoy two days of entertainment and activities at the Thame Country Fair.

Organisers had feared the cold would put many people off attending the Easter bank holiday event, but the turnout was as good as last year.

Thame Country Fair 2013 - The unusal and extreme sport of horse boarding made it's first appearance at this years show

Thame Country Fair 2013 - The unusal and extreme sport of horse boarding made it's first appearance at this years show

Though many people had to wrap up warm, the opposite was the case for members of the Stannage International Stunt Team.

Their death defying feats wowed the crowd and included a man exploding out of a coffin and a high dive to earth in a ball of flames.

Fair organiser Mark Hulme said: “He was the warmest guy on the showground.

“If the weather had been normal we would have expected more people, but we were absolutely delighted with the crowd.”

Thame Country Fair 2013 - Falconry was a big attraction with birds from all over the world on show

Thame Country Fair 2013 - Falconry was a big attraction with birds from all over the world on show

Other highlights included the horse-drawn skateboarding, with daredevil riders being pulled at speeds of up to 30mph in the main ring.

There was also a whole string of activities for visitors to have a go at, including archery and fishing, as well as falconry and cooking displays.

Dog competitions gave people a chance to show off their furry friends, with prizes ranging from the waggiest tail to the cutest eyes.

The Mayor of Thame, Councillor Nigel Champken-Woods, said: “I’m really pleased they had a good turnout despite the weather.”