Sunshine draws the crowds to Cockermouth Show
Last updated at 22:37, Thursday, 04 August 2011
GLORIOUS sunshine drew thousands of visitors to ensure a hugely successful 161st annual Cockermouth Show on Saturday.
As the country came in all its splendour to the town, show secretary Norma Boyes said: “We have had excellent weather and couldn’t have asked for better.
“There has been lot of support from the community.”
Chairman Joe Marrs said: “It is absolutely great to see so many people here because we put on this show for the local community and they have come out in their thousands.
“There has also been a really good turnout of stock.
“As chairman I have been escorted around everything and seen more today at the show than in 33 years on the committee.”
As well as displays of cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and terriers there were displays of vintage tractors, motorcycles and buses, a Cheshire dog display team, terrier racing, sheep shearing demonstrations, showjumping and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.
The show was brought to an end by the grand parade where Mark and Diane Wilson and their family, from Appleby, won the award for best beast on the showfield among a host of other prizes for their cattle.
One of the events that drew the biggest crowds was the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling which saw Richard Fox win the all weights category.
Robert Emmott, 49, of Wythop Hall near Cockermouth, has been exhibiting his North of England Mules and Swaledale sheep at the show for 14 years. He received a first and second prize for his mules and a second for his Swaledales.
He said: “It is good to see so many people here, and if they don’t come when the weather is like this then they will never come.”
Alan Glaister, 70, of Newlands Park, Dearham, won a trophy for the best tractor in the vintage class.
He said: “I got introduced to the show by a friend on the committee about five years ago and I have been doing up my tractor ever since to get it to the winning stage.
“It is something to do now I am retired and I am pleased to get involved.”
Barry Pickthall, 48, and his wife Sandra, 50, of Tweedmill Lane, Cockermouth, also enjoyed the day.
Sandra said: “It has been great and we enjoyed the whole thing, especially the vintage class which was very interesting."
First published at 17:22, Thursday, 04 August 2011
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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What a thoroughly enjoyable day.
There was so much to see and do....My granddaughter had me dizzy!!!
Many congratulations to the organisers for putting everything together so successfully...Well done!
Glad you have had another successful Show. I used to visit many of them as a child & have fond memories of those visits & to Keswick with my late Mother & Sister.
My late Grandfather William Thwaite Wilson was born at " Greenlands " 17th. April,1880.