Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the attractions on offer at the Penistone Showground, despite two major setbacks.

Last month the show was hit with a double whammy.

First, the Red Arrows, who were due to put on one of their awe-inspiring displays, pulled out at the last minute.

Then several of the animal classes had to be scrapped because of the foot and mouth outbreak.

Sheep and cows were eventually reinstated when the ban on the movement of livestock was relaxed, but it was too late to save the planned pig and goat classes.

Press officer Liz Walker said the organisers eventually had to revert to “plan X”.

A Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew into the gap left by the Red Arrows.

And a 20-strong gymnastic team, a display of vintage vehicles, a pipe organ, a thresher and other working farm machines were added to the list of attractions.

There was another setback on the day when one of the members of the gymnastic team broke a leg during a trampoline display.

But Ms Walker said overall it was a resounding triumph. She said: “We had a ball. The Spitfire fly-past was fantastic – it came in so low to the ground, it was awesome.

“I think the problems we had almost energised everyone. There has been a bit of the Dunkirk spirit to make it a success and it really was.”

Other attractions include hawk displays, brass bands, and craft displays.

Half of the takings from the companion dog show will be given to Penistone Gateway, a charity supporting disabled people.