Society bids farewell to its two stalwarts

Back row (left to right) Ronald Barber, Lord James Joicey. Front row (left to right) Nick Hargreave, Michael Walton.
Back row (left to right) Ronald Barber, Lord James Joicey. Front row (left to right) Nick Hargreave, Michael Walton.

At its recent annual meeting in Wooler the Glendale Agriculture Society (GAS) said a fond farewell to its president and chairman.

Stalwarts and countryside ambassadors Michael Walton and Nick Hargreave have stepped down from their key roles on the society’s management committee.

Mr Walton, former president, has been involved with the GAS since he was seven years old, showing sheep alongside his father.

Throughout his six years as president, he had been a lynchpin, ensuring everyone pulled together through the challenges faced by the society.

“It’s been an honour to be part of such an innovative and supportive society. I will certainly miss it, but will not be a stranger,” he said.

Serving for seven years as chairman of the society, Mr Hargreave has seen some highs and lows. He has been faced with many issues to consider, such as ongoing regulations and legislation and the wettest show day for decades.

He said: “The last seven years have certainly been challenging, but it’s always reassuring knowing you’ve got the support of an enthusiastic committee behind you so thank you to everyone for your support.”

Committee board member Margaret Brown, gave a presentation to a busy AGM, highlighting the pair’s achievements over the years.

Newly-elected president is Lord James Joicey, while the new chairman is Ronald Barber.