The Glendale Show on Bank Holiday Monday has been hailed a huge success after attracting an estimated 15,000 visitors.
Families flocked to Wooler to enjoy a taste of rural life and take in a host of exhibitors and attractions.
The livestock classes were the largest seen for many years with an exceptional showcase of both sheep and cattle. The Horticultural and Industrial section offered the finest of displays of home grown fruits, vegetables, flower and home baking, and handicrafts from all ages. There were also over 200 trade stands, many exhibiting for the first time. This included traditional and rural crafts and many regional food and drink producers. With the bank holiday weather staying fair but cool, the big marquees were always full.
This year, the main ring attractions to fill the ringside and stands to capacity, were The Kangaroo Kid and his Son on their leaping quad-bikes and a thrilling air display featuring a fully acrobatic stunt plane. The Australian Pair kept the audience on the edge of its seats, while the aerial display kept them open-mouthed.
Horses and livestock are always a key element of the main ring attractions and this year it was the Mounted Police display – which showed that horses can play football, and the College Valley Foxhounds, with their ever popular “meet the children” gathering. Sheep also were enjoyed by the spectators in the comic delights of Sheep Racing and more seriously in The Grand Parade of Livestock.
The Lilburn Estates Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Overall Cattle Champion was J. L. Marks of Gilly Flatts Farm near Darlington. Shown by Chris Strom, the winner was a 15 month pedigree Limousin Heifer - Oddacres Ivy. Reserve Champion was G & J A Sedgwick.
For the second year running, the Sheep Interbreed Championship was won by Alan Cowens, of Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk, with a Cheviot Hill type Gimmer. The Reserve Champion was Ian Murray.
The competition for Young Handler of the Year, sponsored by Mole Country Stores goes from strength to strength and it was won by Isabel Forsythe, of Lowsteads Farm, Longhoughton.
The Carrs Billington Points competition was won by W. D. Allen of Humbleheugh, Alnwick.
In the main ring paying tribute to, and presenting the Long Service Awards, was Michael Walton, President of the Glendale Agricultural Society. Long service awards were made to Mr Clive Hodgson, for 40 years of service with John Manners, and to Mr Robert Cowens, who has worked for 25 years for the Carr-Ellison family of Hedgeley. Eileen Guthrie was presented with a silver salver for her 25 years of service to the Industrial Section of the Horticultural and Industrial Society.
In the Horticultural Section, the most points won received the perpetual Challenge Cup given by the Late G F Wilson, and this was awarded to R Lockhart. In the Industrial Section, the best exhibit in the handicraft section wins the Perpetual Challenge Cup. This was won by J Ewart, who also had the best exhibit in the baking section and received the D Anderson Challenge Cup.
A tribute was made to Marion Lockhart, the secretary of the Industrial section of the Horticultural and Industrial Society, who was retiring from the role after 25 years as steward and secretary.
The organisers The Glendale Agricultural Society hailed this, the 122nd Glendale Show and north Northumberland’s largest one day event, a major success.
The Equine fancy dress included Batman and Robin, who won the individual section, Little Miss Muffett, and a farmer with a tractor. The winner of the group section was the Armstrong Family with their WW1 display, complete with War Horse and a very fitting tribute in this anniversary year.
The Champion of Champions Competition, sponsored by John Swan & Son, paraded the best of the best, and included Cattle, Sheep, and Hunter champions, as well as prize-winning representatives from the llamas and donkeys. Judged by Mr John Dykes of West Linton, this was won by Rachel Robson’s Willow Park, winner of the Light Weight Hunter class and the overall Hunter class. Willow Park was also the overall champion in the 2013 Horse Section.
The Fell Races, introduced last year after an absence of many years attracted dozens of entries. Winner of the men’s race was Karl Avery and Junior, Tom Whelan. The first lady to return was Clare Mackitrick.
Nick Hargreaves, chairman of The Glendale Agricultural Society said: “Everyone has had a tremendous day and we are absolutely delighted with the number of people who both exhibited and attended. In recent years we have had a major focus on encouraging the younger generation so we were especially pleased to see so many entries from this sector.”
“Coordinating an event such as this takes a huge amount of time and commitment. So I really would like to thank everyone who supported us on the day. This includes, the dozens of volunteers, the stewards, the exhibitors, the stand holders, the many sponsors and the committee.”