The show’s over for Bob after sixty years

Bob Herdman.
Bob Herdman.

A SHOW die-hard has hung up his trowel after six decades of volunteering.

Bob Herdman has been part of the Whittingham Show committee for the last 60 years.

But this weekend will be his last event after ‘doing his stint’.

Bob, now 76, joined the show when he was 16 after moving to Whittingham in April 1951.

“I just went along to help out and I’ve done it every year since,” he said.

“It has changed quite a lot since then. There are a lot of older shows which have died off and young people just don’t get involved any more like they should.

“But I think I’ve had enough now. I’ve done my stint.

“I’ve enjoyed it though. It has had its ups and downs but things have always been sorted out.

“I will keep going to shows though, I’ll keep an eye on it.”

Bob was chairman of the committee for a long time and currently holds the position of field secretary.

Ian Blakey, the current chairman, said: “It is a remarkable achievement to do what Bob has done for so long.

“His commitment to the show has been tremendous. Even at the age he is now he will be on the field this week helping to set up the pens for the sheep show and other physical things.

“It is a major achievement and he has kept the show growing all this time.

“We would like to say a massive thank-you from all of us in the village. I don’t think there are many people who give that kind of commitment on a voluntary basis.”