Supporters of the Ireland’s Saintfield Show, which was a victim of the summer’s torrential rain, have raised £12,000 to ensure the show’s future.

The Saintfield Show committee organised a fundraising gala ball which included an auction with prizes and gifts supplied by local businesses and sponsors. Lots included a day out hunting with the County Down Hunt, use of a Mercedes sport car for the weekend and a fishing trip amongst others.

Around 450 people gathered at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Belfast last Friday evening.

Event organiser Joan Cunningham told H&H: “The evening went amazingly and we were well supported by the entire countryside. I still haven’t got over how much money was raised.”

The Saintfield Show is an Irish agricultural show dating back to 1945. It holds horse and pony showing classes, cattle, sheep and swine classes as well as show jumping. Next year’s show will be held on 21 June 2008.

www.saintfield-show.co.uk