I went to the Royal Cornwall today (on a Saturday for the first time in ages) and had a great day - particularly because the weather was so good. But the day didn't end well for a number of reasons.
Most tragically, there was a crash in the members' car park and, although there are differing reports, I am told there was a fatality. (See Update below - we now know there was not fatality) We heard, rather than saw, what happened and I ran to the scene to find passers-by helping an older driver to get out of his car. He appeared to have crashed into an unoccupied vehicle and he said he was ok. I did my bit to help and by the time I had clambered through the car to switch the engine off, the emergency services were on the scene so we left them to it.
However, there are reports that there was another (or an earlier part to this) accident and this may have involved a fatality. Certainly the air ambulance was brought to the scene. I know no more but obviously hope that the early reports prove not to be true.
I have no idea whether it is a related factor, but another downer at the end of the day was the chaos that drivers experienced trying to get out. We took more than an hour to get out of the members' car park field and the car park stewards on duty appeared to have little idea of how to manage the getaway. Such a delay leads to massively raised tensions and lots of road rage which could be very dangerous in a field where pedestrians are threading their way through cars which are all trying to prevent another from breaking into a queue. This is clearly something that show organisers need to address or there will be questions as to whether capacity needs to be limited.
And finally in the bad news section, the nazi earrings are back. Two years ago I found a stand selling earrings with nazi insignia for a quid a pair. I wrote to the show organisers asking whether they felt these were suitable for the show and got no reply and now the seller is back.
On the plus side....
Lots of people
Some great food and drink
Lots of fun in the main ring including the awesome Bolddog Ling motorcycle stunt riders and some rather anarchic camel polo.
Bumping into lots of friends and a few colleagues.
UPDATE - It appears that there was only the one crash and that there was, fortunately, no fatality. For a full description from an eye witness, click here and read the comment by clarkey123456 (currently the third from the top). It appears this car had crashed into at least four others as well as a pedestrian before coming to a halt.