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Walter leads show cattle parade to mark his 100th year
A CENTENARIAN described as a doyen of the farming world was honoured by leading a parade of winning cattle at the 141st Stokesley Show.
Walter Bainbridge, who celebrates his 100th birthday next month, was welcomed into the show ring by rapturous applause before the agricultural show’s president The Lord Crathorne KCVO, The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, presented trophies to triumphant breeders.
Commentator, John Seymour, told the crowd, “For the very first time the parade is being led by a buggy with a vey special person in his 100th year. Walter Bainbridge is the doyen of a very large farming family in Seamer and we wanted to mark the occasion.”
Mr Seymour praised the quality of the entrants on show at this year’s event on Saturday which attracted thousands of visitors due to the fine weather.
He said: “We have had a fantastic show of British Blonde cattle, the best I think we have seen in the north of England ever.”
David Dennis said he was “thrilled” that his two shear tup, which he jointly owns with auctioneer Kenton Foster had been crowned champion of show. Out of the seven sheep he brought to the show, three won a total of 10 rosette's.
He said the judges would have been impressed with the three-year-old Charollais's muscle strength and good configuration.
Mr Dennis, a mixed farmer from Over Silton, North Yorkshire, said the farming industry was still a struggle, adding: “You just have to keep going, I have worked there for 28 years and I do not know anything else.”
As well as taking in the pedigree animals, and rosette winning horticulture, handicrafts and produce which scooped a combined prize fund of more than £22,000, show-goers were entertained by the Felling Brass Band, Preston’s Gavoli Organ, vintage tractors and motorbike stunts as well as a variety of stalls.
Spectacles included an enormous 45kg marrow won by M and K Carter who also beat off competition with their heavy tomato weighing 892g. While in the produce tent there were classes for the best iced cakes baked by men only and a prize for the best packed lunch for two.
“It has been a really good with a fantastic turnout, but this is Stokesley Show and it is wonderful every year,” added show secretary Janette Hugill.
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