Our pets ranged from python to pigmy mice

Children's pet show winners at Todmorden Agricultural Show, June 2011, with Todmorden Carnival Queen Tegan Wright
Children's pet show winners at Todmorden Agricultural Show, June 2011, with Todmorden Carnival Queen Tegan Wright

A ROYAL python, a bearded dragon and a stick insect shared space with rabbits, pigmy mice and hens in the children’s pet show at Todmorden Agricultural Show.

Joint section secretary Karen Andrews said the 36 entries saw some of the children showing outstanding knowledge about their pets and how they cared for them.

Todmorden Carnival Queen Tegan Wright presented prizes to the winners, with seven trophies on offer as well as class prizes.

The Maureen Cryer special award for five to 10-year-olds went to Kate Cook, eight, with her stick insect Fred while the Trevor Cryer special award for 11 to 15-year-olds went to 13-year-old Kathryn Stott and her rabbit Benjamin.

The S. and V. Greenwood Memorial Trophy for most unusual pet went to Emily Adam, 13, with her bearded dragon Danni. The Shona Fern Cup for best rabbit went to Oliver Greenwood, 12, with Stu and the Trevor Cryer Cup for best rodent went to Olivia Winfield, ten, with her pigmy mice Reggie and Ronnie.

The Maureen Cyer Cup for best guinea pig went to Robina Murray, 10, with Chomp and Chew, and the Bill and Elsie McCrate Cup (organisers’ decision) went to Kye Allison, 10, with hamster Ginny.

Class awards were as follows.

Five to 10-year-olds: 1, Sebastian Winfield, 10, with Royal python Sidney; 2, Alice Bamber, five, with rabbit Buttons; 3, Ben Beard, six, with bantam Modern Miss.

Eleven to 15-year-olds: 1, Simone Oldcorne, 13, with hamster Alfie; 2, Benjamin Bearley, 10, with rabbit Amos; 3, Emily Yorke, seven, with hen Mrs Feathers.

Best pet was Josiah Williams, 11, with his Indian runner duck Sorry Moscow and best pet (most knowledgable) went to Edward Duffy, 11, with his hamster Quicksilver.