TORRENTIAL downpours failed to dampen the enjoyment of the hundreds of people who flocked to The Rye at the weekend for this year's Wycombe Show.

Saturday's show was well attended until torrential rain made the stream near London Road burst its banks and flood some of the showground.

But that didn't dampen any spirits and Tom the clown joined some youngsters as they splashed about in the puddles.

Page three stunner and former Miss Great Britain Leilani Dowding officially opened the event.

The sun made an appearance the next day however, bringing more people down to the park to wander round the numerous stalls and watch the shows in the arena.

Crowds enjoyed displays from clowns Tom and Tilly Turnip, Bucks County Fire and Rescue, Body Fits martial arts and James Dylan's flaming motorbike stunt show.

Fun fair rides provided some thrills and spills for younger visitors and many had a try at the go karts or got their faces painted.

Sadie Thorn was visiting the show for the first time with her two-year-old son Billy. She said: "We're enjoying it, it's great. We saw the fire display, he really enjoyed it. It's nice for the kids."

Graham Smith, 54, from Beaconsfield went to the show with his three children Adam, Ellie and Jack to watch the displays and have a picnic on the grass.

He said: "They've had a great day and want to come back next year. The motorbike display is really good and the sun's come out now so it's even better."

Visitors got a close up look at bees and wild birds thanks to two of Wycombe's more unusual clubs.

Clive Winslow, a long standing member of Wycombe Bee Keepers Association, was looking after the live beehive display. He said: "A lot of kids are fascinated by the bees. It's something unusual that they're able to see, that they wouldn't normally.

"They're an endangered species, we have got to get people more interested in bees in the environment."

In the next door tent was the Wycombe and District Caged Birds Society with more than 30 birds from parakeet to budgerigar on show. Valerie Otoole and her three children Connor, Megan and Abigail browsed round the stalls and had their faces painted.

She said: "It's been a pretty good day so far, I think the kids have enjoyed it the most. There's a lot more down here for the kids than other years. They've just been on the go-karts which they thoroughly enjoyed."

Kate Simpson, 16, from Wycombe went down to help her dad run one of the stalls. She said: "It's really good. Everyone's joining in."

The Wycombe Islamic Society had a stall set up in one of the marquees along with the Drug and Alcohol Action Team and the Wycombe and District Sports Association for the Disabled.

Zahid Jawed, member of the Islamic society, said: "It's been very good, we have had a lot of people interested. Obviously with the current events it has more relevance.

"We are trying to get our message across and work with the local people and put the true face of Islam out there."