DATING back to Victorian times, Stroud Country Show is a fine example of a traditional family day out - and it is still going strong after all these years.

As organisers put the finishing touches to this year’s event, the SNJ asked historian Howard Beard to search through his archive for some pictures of the show in years gone by, which can be seen here.

The image bottom right was sent in by June Record from Stonehouse and is believed to have been taken by the SNJ in 1955 or 1956.

Riders led the procession from Stroud General Hospital through Stroud to Stratford Park.

The wooden fence, now removed, marks the edge of the park along Stratford Road.

June (née Howells) is riding the grey horse, whose name was Silver, dressed up as Richard The Lion Heart.

The pony is Rusty and is was ridden by Betty Collorick (née Mayo) who was dressed up as a gypsy selling pegs.

Many thanks for June for sharing the picture.

lThis year's show takes place in Stratford Park from 10am to 3pm with all the usual attractions and displays. Entry is free.