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Record crowds for Danby Show
7:40pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A POPULAR agricultural show drew record crowds again today (Wednesday, August 14), with more than 7,000 visitors flocking to the tiny North York Moors village of Danby.
The sun shone and the rain held off for the 153rd Danby Show, helping to bring more people than ever before through its gates.
Although livestock entries were down on last year, show secretary Jo Hopkins said entries in crafts, produce and horticulture were up.
Visitors were entertained by cattle, horse and sheep classes, a chainsaw wood carver, falconry displays and a Punch and Judy show. There were also classes for vintage machinery, horticulture, handicrafts and produce.
Singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin, who ten years ago was runner-up in BBC talent show Fame Academy, and hails from nearby Castleton, said he was delighted after he won the lemon curd competition at the show for the first time after more than 15 years of trying.
He even donated a trophy to the show ten years ago, to be presented to the winner of the best lemon curd.
"I did it in the hope of persuading the committee into letting me win it," he joked. "I had been trying for years. But Danby Show doesn't work like that and I still didn't win."
His arch-rival in the competition for many years was his former school dinner lady, Myra Cornforth, from Danby, who died two years ago aged 81.
The singer, who has had two top twenty singles, said: "I managed to get hold of her recipe and I used that this year. So in a way she's still winning it and it's in memory of her and her fantastic lemon curd."
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