Shirley takes reins for this year’s show day

The new president of Todmorden Agricultural Society, Shirley Fielder
The new president of Todmorden Agricultural Society, Shirley Fielder

SHE acknowledges she has a hard act to follow but the new president of Todmorden Agricultural Society is looking forward to the challenge.

Shirley Fielder has taken the reins of the society following Peter Cryer’s decision to step down from the role earlier this year and is ready to lead the team at Todmorden Agricultural Show this month.

The 2012 event will be held at the showground, Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden on Saturday, June 16, and Shirley says it promises to be a bumper day out, with some changes on previous years.

She hopes to build on the foundations set in place under Peter’s presidency, which covered most of the last two decades.

“Peter’s been a wonderful president, so I have got something to follow.

“I am quite honoured the society has selected me to be president and hopefully we can develop it a bit further,” she said.

It was a privilege, she said, to organise such an event for the town and with the show field packed with entertainment a key task was to use it to its best potential.

There will be some changes this year - for example, the show is running the event without a fun fair for the first time in years - but some space has been given over to local cratsmen and women to promote things that have been “Made In Tod”.

She hopes this year’s evening cocnert on the show field, featuring the rock band Full Circle and soul DJs Ginger Taylor and Bob Smith will build on the popularity of last year’s event, the first of its type since the 1970s.

Other changes this year include more space for Incredible Edible Todmorden and a new section, budgerigars, will be housed in the Pet Show tent.

The vice-presidents’ lunch will have a jubilee feel to it and guests will include Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Kate Moreton-Deakin.