Norham Industrial Show proves a real tour de force

The emphasis was on art, craft and cookery rather than fresh fruit and vegetables as Norham hosted one of the last shows of the season.

Saturday, 25th October 2014, 9:41 am

The show committee like to have a theme for the show, and this year was no exception, with many classes focused on the start of the Tour De France being held in Yorkshire for the first time.

So yellow and bicycles featured highly - there was a stage covered in children’s junk models in shapes of bicycles – no mean feat for a three-year-old; one very clever model using redundant CDs gained Jorge Cockburn a ‘Best in Show’ prize for the children’s section, whilst the undisputable talent of an up-and-coming young artist, Sarah Jeffrey, gained her much admired sketch the prize of ‘Best in Show’ in the adult section.

Neil Robertson showed his gardening skills are on form by his entry of a tray of assorted fruit and vegetables. His hard work gained him the Graham Toward cup.

Kirstyn Lugget and her granny won the ‘Family Cup’ for their ‘Picnic by Bicycle’. Kirstyn did a grand job squashing lemons for lemonade, moulding chick pea paste around vegetarian scotch eggs and filling mini jars with apple crumble.

Maya Wood fought a tight contest and ended up drawing with Jorge Cockburn for the Jasper Moody Memorial trophy for junk models, cookery and handwriting. Maya also beat all of her school mates to win the Norham School cup.

Gordon Wharton walked away with the prize for most cookery points in the show, the first man in the 29 years of Norham Industrial show to do so.

Katy Telford must have worked non-stop over the past year with her craft exhibits which gave her the prize for most craft points. Katy had some beautiful examples of knitting, sewing, crochet and even photographs. Her huge number of points in that section also gained Katy the Walker and Hall rose bowl and the WI cup.

The colouring competition is always well supported and fiercely fought over. Florrie Barr, Edith Master, Jorge Cockburn and Jami Blythe won the goodies for this year.

Sheila Johnson, show secretary, said: “The committee are greatly indebted to volunteers who helped the day go so smoothly and the show judges who gave up their Sunday to make some difficult decisions.”

Judges and committee commented that the number of loaves of bread was remarkable, the aroma of gingerbreads was tantalising, the home made bags would not have looked out of place in Harrods and the standard of children’s handwriting was exceptional.

Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxurious cruise liner sunk by German U boats, the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings when so many British, Australian and New Zealand troops fell both at sea and land and the 200th anniversary of the birth of our local heroine Grace Darling.

Fitting, therefore that the theme for the show will be ‘boats and ships’. The show committee hope to enjoy the same success and wish all crafters a ‘busy winter’.