Record crowds turned out this year for the Kenilworth Lions annual Grand Show, held in Abbey Fields, Kenilworth. The weather was kind – dry and warm, but not too hot – and everyone present seemed to enjoy themselves and have a good time.
The Show was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Kenilworth, Cllr Pat Cain, who spoke warmly about the Lions and their importance to the local community over the years. The first Grand Show was staged at Thickthorn in 1972, but since then it has been held each year in Abbey Fields.
A four hour varied programme of performers then entertained the crowd from the stage and in the arena – opening with the Royal Spa Brass Band, then Whitemans Dance Academy, local singers The Unlikely, Kenilworth School pupils previewing their “Our House” production, dancers from Viva Theatre Arts, Elvis (yes, really!), Magic Voices and finally local group Romany Pie. Finally the Grand Show Raffle prizes were drawn by the Deputy Mayor, bringing the Show to a close.
A prominent visitor to the Show was our MP, the Rt Hon Jeremy Wright, who seemed to enjoy himself immensely.
Kenilworth Lions would like to thank everyone who participated in the Show, our performers and many stall holders, and also our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible – Penman Solicitors, Boothroyds Estate Agents, Damian Plant Solicitors, and Aromatics of Kenilworth.
Kenilworth Lions president Kerry Kirwan said: “Many people have said that this was one of the best Grand Shows ever! A big thankyou to Lion Paul Daniels and his organising committee for making it all happen.”
How will the Lions match this success next year? The work to make sure this happens starts now!