WHILE we miss out on our annual fill of the New Forest Show this year, the Daily Echo takes a look back at pictures from the event 20 years ago.

With three days of near-perfect weather, around 100,000 show-goers poured in for the event in 2000.

It will be an occasion remembered by many as when they saw the first royal visitor in the event's history, with some exhibitors being spoken to for a considerable amount of time by the Princess Royal.

The show had its vast range of motor trade stands with many of the newest models on display.

There was also the usual high standard of equestrian events with international riders among the competition while impressive cattle, sheep and goat lines made a very big agricultural influence.

An amazing wood carving of a Hampshire village was one of the great eye-catchers of the show, lovingly crafted by Warsash wood sculptor Ian Brennan.

Show organisers were left beaming as a world record tumbled before their eyes.

The stunning performance was by climber Mark Bryden who hurtled up an 80ft pole in just 10.4 seconds. The incredible effort chopped 0.35 seconds off the previous record set by Jeremy Barrell.