Traditional sections kept busy all day

TRADITIONAL agricultural show sections - horses, sheep and cattle - were kept busy right through Todmorden Agricultural Show day this year.

From the powerful horses pulling carriages or competing in the jumping sections, to cattle judging, which continued into the afternoon, they pulled in the crowds.

They complemented sections like the arts and crafts, which saw a magnificent effort from local children, including Todmorden C. of E. School, whose entries won them the trophy for most points gained.

In the sheep section, secretary Margaret Wood was pleased with the bustling pens of animals and said this year’s event had gone very well.

“We’ve had good support from exhibitors, especially in continental and native breeds, and a good show of butchers’ lambs,” she said. “The entry numbers were at a similar level to last year but this year they were more balanced across the classes.”

Todmorden farmer Robert Fielden almost swept the board in the Gritstone section, but not quite.

The Todmorden Agricultural Show (TAS) Cup for champion gritstone in show went to Whitworth’s Malcolm Jackson, but Robert was reserve champion and picked up the TAS Cups for best gritstone group of three, best gritstone female in show, and best gritstone lamb.

There was also local success in the continental section, with Alex Kiriakos, 13, taking first place in the pair of butchers’ lambs, any breed section, to add to a fourth place in same exhibited by a person under 26 on show day.

Champion lonk in show went to Marsden’s Daniel Mullin, with Cliviger’s Jonathan Shorrock winning reserve lonk. Mr Mullin also won the C. Heys Cup for best lonk ewe with lamb and the John Westall Cup for best lonk sheep in show.

F. and H. Shorrocks won the R. Stansfield Cup for best lonk shown by a person under 26 on show day and the L. Greenwood Cup for best group of three lonks went to Mr Mullin, completing a good day for him.

Trophies in the Texel section were split between two farmers.

F. A. Nairey, of Blackburn, took the Mr and Mrs Goldthorpe Cup for champiion texel and added the Lindley Pate Cup, Balmers Garden Machinery Cup and Mick Garrity Cup. W. and A. Holden, of Oswaldtwistle, were reserve champion and won the Stephensons Animal Feeds Cup, the Stanley House Vets Cup, the Brian Micthell Cup and Myerscough Vet Group Cup.

Cliteroe’s M. Gornall won the TAS Cup for best sheep in the open native breeds section and took the champion sheep title, with the reserve champion A. G. and M. Pink, of York.

In the continental section the champion and winner of the TAS Cup for best sheep in continental classes was Lynne Worthington, of Ramsbottom, with Isabel Hurtley, of Burnley the reserve champion.