Ellemford Show to celebrate historic milestone

The Lammermoor Pastoral Society’s annual show at Ellemford reaches a historic milestone this Saturday (September 24) - its 125th anniversary.

As well as the usual sheep show, vintage tractors and engines, industrial section and hog roast the organisers are this year holding an inaugural cattle competition to mark the 125th show.

A new trophy for this category has been kindly donated by Professor Penny of Harehead and it will be awarded to the champion on the show day.

The cattle competition has been very positively received by the local cattle breeders and has been very well supported too. Judging took place on-farm on Monday of this week by George Neill of Downham Farm, Windrum.

The show society has also commissioned commemorative Welsh slate coasters to mark the 125th show and these will be available on the day of the show as souvenirs of this notable event in the society’s history.

There will also be an expanded show catalogue available which will include photos of past shows and former chairman, Ian Davidson of Caldra, has written an article for the catalogue based on society members’ reminiscences.

Other special events are also being held to mark the occasion.

Show secretary Evan Wylie told the Berwickshire News: “The Industrial Section will have a show day book available for signature by all who come to the show on Saturday which we hope will become a part of the history of the society and the show.

“We are also planning to hold a special dinner in Westruther Hall on Friday, November 11, to mark the 125th show and I will be taking bookings for this in the marquee on Saturday.”

The show society very much appreciates and wishes to acknowledge the help and support of the Mycock family in making the field available each year to enable the show to take place.

The 125th show takes place at Ellemford on Saturday, September 24, the showfield gate opens at 8.30am and judging starts at 10.30am.

Society chairman David Morrison of Middle Monynut said: “2011 has proved a challenging year for the farming sector regarding the weather.

“The association are delighted with the response from the exhibitors in having their entries ready for the 125th show.

“Judging for the inaugural cattle competition has already taken place, with the judge, George Neill, left with the difficult job as the entries were to a high standard.

“Show day weather has normally been kind to us in recent years and I hope this year continues to be so. Have a good day and enjoy the show.”