125th Anniversary Showcase

A record number of visitors descended on the annual Glendale Show to join in the special 125th anniversary celebrations on bank holiday Monday. All were treated to a field saturated with attractions and exhibitions, as well as an abundance of livestock classes.

Throughout the day the main ring was a hive of activity and the schedule included demonstrations from Paul Swift Precision Driving and Northumbria Mounted Police, as well as a falconry display, foxhound display and the Grand Parade of Livestock which was kindly sponsored by Garth Thompson Wealth Management.

This year saw hundreds of entries across the 107 cattle and sheep classes. The Sheep Interbreed, sponsored by Alnorthumbria Vets, was won by Mr W N Douglas of Whitehope, Selkirk, and reserve went to Mr I Murray of East Horton, Wooler, who also scooped up the award for the best locally bred sheep. In the cattle section, overall Champion sponsored by Borders Counties Insurance was J Craggs of Glower Oer Him, Sedgefield, who was presented with The Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

The Carrs Billington Points Competition winner this year was Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership who was presented with a prize of £200.

In his first year as Chief Livestock Steward, Ian Murray commented: “The entry of livestock has been fantastic this year. The quality is outstanding and there has certainly been some stiff competition across both the cattle and sheep classes.”

Sponsored by Harrison & Hetherington, the Champion of Champions was judged by former president of the Society, Michael Walton, and was awarded to Mr J Craggs with his Limousin x heifer. Reserve Champion was Miss R Robson with Major Moylaw who took the Overall Hunter Championship.

This year also saw the addition of the Glendale Agricultural Society Herd Competition which was won by Lilburn Estate Farming Partnership, Wooler, who was presented with the Fox Family Perpetual Trophy. Sponsored by Mole Valley, and judged by Angus Nelless of Thistleyhaugh Farm, Lilburn Estates was awarded best overall and best large herd, with E Carse & Son of South Ord Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, wining best small herd. Second prizes in the large herd category went to the Jackson Family of Rugley Farm, Alnwick, and to C&F Mellor of Annstead Farm, Chathill, in the small herd category.

As in previous years the donkey classes were extremely competitive and attracted a large crowd. The Champion donkey was awarded to Claire Scott with Frontier Legend Diplomat, a four year old miniature stallion.

The goat classes were very highly contested with a range of breeds competing across 26 classes, with the milking classes taking place early in the morning. The Champion goat was Montrue Mtobili, exhibited by Paul Mounter, and reserve was Colin Newton’s Lyncol Rafiki.

The Horticultural and Industrial marquee proved a huge success once again this year with one of the finest displays ever seen at the show. Entries flooded in and the quality of the work displayed was outstanding across all classes, especially the class for a decorated 125th anniversary cake.

Aside from the livestock classes, the main ring was a hive of activity to mark this magnificent milestone of the Society. Having teamed up with local, leading, independent sawmill A & J Scott Ltd, the Society presented 125 Glendale School Children with 125 oak saplings as part of the ‘Glendale Great Oaks’. Donated by Cheviot Trees, each child was presented with a tree, to take home, plant and watch grow into a mighty oak.

The winner of the inaugural Glendale Agricultural Society Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Glendale Gateway Trust, was Susan Burston, whose nomination was supported by many acts of kindness and local participation over the years. Susan was presented with a trophy sculpted by local artist, Paul Greenwood, on local Doddington stone as well as £50. The Society also announced a posthumous award for Chris Leyland MBE for his outstanding role in the opening and nurturing of the Bellview Resource Centre in Belford, and for his role in managing the Chillingham Wild Cattle herd.

As part of the presentations a very special award was presented to Bunt Morton who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year. Bunt has been involved with the Glendale Agricultural Society for many years as both a very proactive committee member and former chair. He was presented with two anniversary tumblers in recognition of is support by current Chairman, Ronald Barber.

A highlight of this year’s show was undoubtedly the cavalcade of Fordson tractors showcasing 100 years of agricultural history. Organised by local farmer, Ian Harvey of Shotton Farm, Mindrum, the tractors represented each decade of the century starting with the Fordson Model F, through various Fords and eventually to the New Hollands which continue the ‘breed’ today.

Sitting in the shadows of the Cheviot Hills, no Glendale Show would be complete without a fell race; this year, with in the region of 30 entries. The men’s race was won by Kurt Heron, closely followed by Robert Balmbra in second. The women’s race was won by Alison Brown with Frances Dembele in second. In the under 16 races, the first boy home was Tom Finney with Joseph Ball in second, and the girl’s section was won by Lilia Purves with Kathryn Ball in second.

Despite the looming grey clouds that threatened the morning, good weather prevailed and the sun shone all day. Commenting on his second show as Chairman, and on being an integral part of the society’s history, Ronald Barber said: “The success of today’s show is testament to the continuous hard work of the Society over its 125 year history. Without a doubt this was a tremendous show which marked a tremendous milestone. Huge thanks must go to all our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who make the show possible.”

With 125 years under its belt, and tremendous team at its helm, the Glendale Agricultural Society is certainly very well placed for its next 125 years.