WITH no Romsey Show this year, the Daily Echo takes a look back at at the event a little over thirty years ago. With a scorching summer in 1989, local beekeepers were blessed with a bumper harvest of honey .

Officials from Romsey and District Beekeeping Association said the year’s display of entries were the best they could remember – the bee’s knees in fact – with the overall award going to Paul Barrow.

But it wasn’t just honey and bee enthusiasts who congregated on Broadlands that Saturday – 26,500 people made their way through the gate despite early morning drizzle and nearby road closures.

Despite a great summer, September 9 turned out to be a grey day.

The crew of St John’s Ambulance felt the cold, borrowing a heater from their neighbouring stallholders Calor Gas, allowing them to treat casualties in comfort.

The majority of the injuries came in the form of wasp stings – they were out in force that day.