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Weardale Show gets royal seal of approval
A DURHAM dale’s first agricultural show of the season has been given the royal seal of approval.
County Durham Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon was one of the many visitors to enjoy the 144th Weardale Show held at St John’s Chapel yesterday (Saturday, August 31).
Mrs Snowdon, who is the Queen’s representative for County Durham, said she was delighted by what she found at her first ever visit to the annual agricultural fair.
She said: “It’s been excellent, a real celebration of the Weardale farming community.
“Show’s like this are so important, it shows the traditions of this area are still strong while also introducing people to new attractions and activities.
“I have been especially pleased to see so many young people being involved in the various competitions and showing the animals.”
Mrs Snowdon met many of the exhibitors in the livestock competitions including Olwen Gunn, of Earnwell Farm in nearby Ireshopeburn, whose eight-year-old calf Rambo won the best beef cattle award.
Ten-year-old Harvey Jackson from Cliburn in Cumbria won the rosette for being the best handler aged under 12 with his dairy short horn Rosebud.
Megan Ridley, 15, from Cornsay Colliery near Tow Law, County Durham, was the best handler aged between 12 and 17 with her highland cow, which was the runner up in the overall cattle championship.
Victoria Bowman of New Park Farm in Westgate in Weardale won the best overall handler award with her diary short horn Foggathorpe.
In the sheep section, brothers Stephen and Andrew Reed from Westgate had both the champion and reserve champion texels while Carl Stephenson from Pikestone Farm in Teesdale had the best Blue Faced Leicester.
The Mule champion was owned and displayed by Michael and Barbara Coulthard from Westgate.
Other attractions included a horse riding competition, dog show and a display by the 3sixty mountain bike display team.
The Weardale Lions MCF and Supporters group exhibited their motorbike collection while there were also performances by Stanhope Silver Band and the Reiver Rebels Flyball Team.
- Full results will appear in the Darlington & Stockton Times on Friday.
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