A bumper crop of entries at centenary celebration show

Belford Show 2017
Mary Tait in her colourful costume.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Belford Show 2017 Mary Tait in her colourful costume. Picture by Jane Coltman

The 100th Belford Show held on Saturday was a huge success with a bumper crop of entries and fantastic support from the local community.

With duck races, a scooter mobility contest, giant sunflowers, fancy dress and prize-winning vegetables, it was an eventful day.

Belford Show 2017
Jean Sanderson was delighted that her fruit cake won a prize.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Jean Sanderson was delighted that her fruit cake won a prize. Picture by Jane Coltman

“It was a tremendous day,” said show chairman Janet West. “We made a special effort this year so it was great to see so much support for it.

“We normally have about 500 entries but this year we had 900. The quality of entries was also excellent, especially in the craft section, while the art and craft section was huge compared to previous years.

“I also know the judges in the flowers and vegetable sections said it was one of the best shows they have seen in a decade which was nice to hear.”

To mark the milestone anniversary, all entry fees were waived.

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Graham Stoner with his wooden model RNLI Landrover which won first prize.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Graham Stoner with his wooden model RNLI Landrover which won first prize. Picture by Jane Coltman

The show began with the much-loved duck race in the burn. More than 500 ducks were sold, with the £100 first prize donated by Belford Co-op.

A new competition for owners of mobility scooters to test their driving skills was great fun.

Alison Woolley, who helped to organise it, said: “It was a great laugh. We’re not sure anyone else has done it so it might be a first for Belford.”

The first Belford Show was held in 1884 but this was its 100th staging.

Belford Show 2017
Entrants and stewards at the mobility scooter mobility course.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Entrants and stewards at the mobility scooter mobility course. Picture by Jane Coltman

Cup Winners

Produce: Henderson Cup – Margaret Ling; best in section – Sheena Potts. Baking: Tully Cup – Olive Johnson; best in section – Amanda White; Guy Comber Memorial Cup for chocolate cake – Nathan Emblen. Handicrafts: Hunter Cup – Valerie McKenzie; best in section – Lisa Wilson. Art: Johnson Cup – Mandy Pyle and Maureen Burns; Doreen Thomson Memorial Shield (watercolours) – Tracy Bell; Joan Hutchinson Memorial Cup (pastels) – M Pyle. Photography: McDonald Shield – Valerie Glass. Flower arranging: McDonald Salver – Dawn Hare. Flowers: Sanderson Cup – Jimmy Johnson; best in section – J Johnson; Bob Martin Memorial Cup, rose – Alexandria Hutchinson-Dunn. Vegetables: Dr McDonald Cup – J Johnson; best in section – J Johnson; Potatoes in a pot – Tony Oates. Fruit: Nell Atkin Memorial Trophy (dessert apples) – Sheila Howitt; heaviest sunflower – Les Tait; tallest sunflower – Jack Ord. Children: Robson Cup 5-8 years – Livvy Grethe; Hibbs Cup 9-13 years – Lexy McAdam. President’s Trophy for best exhibit in show – L Wilson.

Lesley 'Stubbs' Wakenshaw won the Belford Show mobility scooter agility competition.

Lesley 'Stubbs' Wakenshaw won the Belford Show mobility scooter agility competition.

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Dressed for the occassion: Alan and Val Knowles judged the fancy dress competition.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Dressed for the occassion: Alan and Val Knowles judged the fancy dress competition. Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017
Livvy Grethe, Emily Dunn and Callum Dunn were all winners.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Livvy Grethe, Emily Dunn and Callum Dunn were all winners. Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017
Margaret Ling and Sue Smith at the Teddy Tombola stall.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Belford Show 2017 Margaret Ling and Sue Smith at the Teddy Tombola stall. Picture by Jane Coltman