The sun shone on the show field on Bank Holiday Monday as the 2016 Glendale Show took place in north Northumberland.
And despite the prestigious North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 reaching its conclusion in Blyth, around 12,000 people chose to attend the annual event which celebrates the best of rural life and takes place in the countryside to the south of Wooler.
The theme for the 124th edition of the show was the Year of the Lady, celebrating the role women play in rural and farming life. In keeping with the theme, all entrants at the show were judged by an entire female line-up of judges.
The show ran a Best Dressed Lady competition which was kindly sponsored by new local business, Stephanie Louise Designs, and was won by Jane Thompson, with Eileen Thompson as runner-up.
The winner of the inaugural Rural Heroine Award was Margaret Brown, from Wooler, who, following nomination, was selected by a panel of judges. This award was sponsored by Glendale PR and Marketing and launched as part of this year’s theme.
There were a record number of entries across the 105 classes for cattle and sheep, with the welcome addition of the rare and minority sheep breed classes.
Sponsored by Harrison and Hetherington, the Champion of Champions was judged by Marion Tilson, of Wedderlie, Gordon, and was awarded to Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership, with a mule ewe lamb, shown by shepherd Arthur Ramage.
Chief livestock steward, Andrew Walton, said: “The show of livestock was wonderful and classes were very strong.
“Our team of lady judges did a fantastic job and we were very pleased to see our host, Duncan Davidson, and his team at Lilburn Estates have such a successful day.”
Mr Davidson added: “Everyone has done a splendid job preparing stock. I am delighted Arthur won the Champion of Champions with his mule ewe, it’s rewarding to see the team’s hard work paying off.”
This year’s main ring attractions pulled in the crowds, with the ringside and grandstand full to capacity. Following the equine classes in the morning, the afternoon’s proceedings kicked off with a parade of the new standard of the North Northumberland Royal British Legion.
There was an impressive motorcycle stunt demo from Jamie Squibb Freestyle and a sheepdog demonstration by Katy Cropper – the first woman to win One Man and His Dog – and her daughter Henrietta, the BBC show’s youngest-ever contestant.
Commenting on his first show as chairman, Ronald Barber said: “The show was an outstanding success and a glorious day. The crowds flocked in throughout the day and we witnessed a record number of livestock entries once again.
“The horticultural and industrial sections had a tremendous display of fruit, flowers, vegetables, baking, textiles and artwork and was one of the highlights of the day for many.
“This was my first year as chairman of the Glendale Agricultural Society and I really would like to thank absolutely everyone who has given their support in terms of volunteering. Also, of course, to the many sponsors and local businesses who took stands; without their support, the annual Glendale Show would quite honestly not happen.”
For full results, see www.glendaleshow.com/show/results
Sheep: Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 1-3): JHC Campbell & Sons. Perpetual Silver Challenge Trophy: JHC Campbell & Sons. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: JHC Campbell & Sons. Jack Turnbull Memorial Trophy: M Gray. Three Farms Cup: S Craig. Continental Cup: Lilburn & Roseden Flock. Any other native breed cup: C Johnson. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 22-27): F Mellor. Perpetual Challenge Trophy: J Herdman. Walton Bowl: JO Clark. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 37-42): WD Allen (Stouphill). T Cumming Cup: W D Allen (Humbleheugh). Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 48-53): Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Jennings Tankard: M&N Gray. Memorial Silver Challenge Salver: J Elliot. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 64-66): Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Rae Cup: R Purvis. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 67-71): I Forsyth. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 72-76): F Mellor. Northumberland Charcoal Cup: R Whitecross. Causey Park Cup: J Fife. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (classes 85-88): P Holmes. Campbells’ Perpetual Challenge Trophy: I Forsyth. Perpetual Challenge Cup (locally-bred sheep): Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup (sheep champion): Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership. Champion of Champions: Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership.
Cattle: Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Perpetual Challenge Trophy: J Craggs.
Horse and pony: Womble Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup: Ataire’s Bounce, L Craigs, L Craigs. Milburn Perpetual Challenge Cup: Captain Casanova, N Neill, N Neill. Burdon Perpetual Challenge Cup: Boston Zidane, N McCormack, D McCormack. Goodson Perpetual Challenge Cup: Mirror Image, D Ponton, D Ponton. West Percy Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Mirror Image, D Pontin. Bill Drummond Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Bordergrove Love Affair, Bordergrove Stud. Sutherland Perpetual Challenge Cup: Twigglet, V Jackson. Shaw Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Mirror Image, D Pontin. Reddihough Perpetual Challenge Cup: Edw Flash Harry, M Herdman. Alexander Perpetual Challenge Cup: Dooneen Rockie, FP Cowan. Criban Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: Thornville Pearl, S Dickson. Breamish Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: Dawn Diplomacy, L Dunn. Cabry Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: Tygolan Chardonnay, L McGowan. Tybach Moonbeam Memorial Trophy: Llanafanfawr, B & D Webster. Phillips Perpetual Challenge Cup: Tannelles Carousel, T Gibson. Mynd Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Tygolan Chardonnay, L McGowan. Oliver Twist Perpetual Shield: Dawn Diplomacy, L Dunn. Lennel Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: Tygolan Chardonnay, L McGowan. Morton Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Craiglea Piersporter, L McGowan. Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Kimico Bacardi Breezer, L Brown. Ing Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Craiglea Piersporter, L McGowan. Taymora Perpetual Challenge Trophy: Gorfenletch Guinevere, K Simpson. Lambton Perpetual Trophy: Holyoake Othello, E Brown, N Brown. Turnbull Perpetual Challenge Cup: Holyoake Othello, E Brown, N Brown.
Horticultural: Mrs Burdon, Perpetual Challenge Cup (class 1): J Givens. Chris Clark Cup: J Givens. Lilburn Estate Cup: JG Elliott. L & V Cragg Perpetual Vase: JC Davies. Belle Armstrong Memorial Perpetual Cup: JC Davies. Mrs Armstrong, Tenter Hill Perpetual Challenge Cup: D Rodgerson. Mrs Burdon, Perpetual Challenge Cup (best rose): P Dickson. Mr JE Tait, Yetholm Perpetual Challenge Cup: R Lockhart. Mr GF Wilson Perpetual Challenge Cup: R Lockhart. Challenge Vase: Moira Matthewson. WM Robson Cup: P Dickson. Silver Challenge Cup: T Thompson.
Industrial: Rose Bowl: H Forster. Dulcia Anderson Challenge Cup: K Burrows. T&J Swan Cup: A Armstrong. Perpetual Challenge Cup: J Andrews. The Matty Fairnington Shield: V Glass. The Matty Fairnington Cup: C McPherson. Nellie Davies Challenge Cup: N Jones. The Nelson Plate: K Porteous. Rhona Braidford Challenge Cup: C Cook. I Davidson Cup: S Thompson. Children’s Plaque: M Wood. Children’s Diploma: M Wood. Challenge Cup for WI Cookery: Doddington WI. Challenge Shield for WI Handicraft: Knit and Natter. Blenkinsopp Trophy: A Love - Knit and Natter.
Fell race: Men’s: 1 Kurt Heron; 2 Colin Donnelly. Women’s: 1 Karen Robertson; 2 Rachel Sullivan. Junior 10-12: Boys - Joe Dixon; Girls - Anna Whelan. Junior 13-15: Boys - Donald Dixon. Girls: Callie Henderson.