It was an early start and the DFW volunteers met at the unit at dot-o-clock (well that’s what it felt like!) and then down to the show ground in convoy and set up for 08:00hrs followed by a well earned breakfast bap and cuppa. Then the work began in earnest, to engage with the curious public who were eager to learn more about DFW or to just acknowledge the vital work we do.
Some even indulged us with some of their touching stories involving DFW’s as a vital link in the life saving chain of events of themselves or close family. The kids just wanted to paw over the bikes and dress up as a blood biker! Complete with their sticky fingers, face paintings and costumes.
The variety of stalls and entertainment was quite superb. From steam engines and classic cars to horse & carriage and motorcycle display teams. This along with the food/drink, craft / hobbies and the usual agricultural machinery and livestock exhibitors, all added to the incredibly diverse nature of the show.
Whatever your particular interest it was probably there to please. There was also never a lull as a display or crowd pleasing show was going on somewhere in the show ground, many running concurrently. The weather started cloudy with sunny intervals, ending the day with glorious sunshine and a pleasantly cooling light wind.
With plenty of volunteers to aid the running of the stall, it gave those involved the opportunity to take time out to wonder around the show ground and take in the splendours of the trade stands, exhibitors and entertainment whilst maintaining the continuity of why we were there. It was a long and tiring day for our volunteers, but so fulfilling with good company and humour.