Michael appointed new Glendale president

MICHAEL Walton, one of the UK's foremost pedigree sheep breeders, has been appointed president of the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS).

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 2:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 2:28 pm

Michael who has lived and farmed in Glendale his whole life, already has a long and distinguished history with the society and takes over the role of president from Duncan Davidson of Lilburn Estates who held the post for 20 years.

Michael, of Roseden farm near Wooler, has been involved with Glendale Show for over 55 years. He showed his first sheep at the show aged nine and aged 16 he became a livestock steward helping the late Jim Lockie of Grievestead. A proactive member of the committee for many years, he has also been chairman of the society.

Michael's experience as an auctioneer and internationally recognised judge makes him perfectly placed for continuing to develop what is now seen as one of the country's most progressive agricultural societies.

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The underlying ethos of GAS is to make sure that rural traditions are maintained while making sure that it adapts to the changing face of the countryside. In addition to the annual Glendale Show, the society which this year celebrates its 118th anniversary, holds many events throughout the year to ensure the ongoing continuity of important agricultural skills such as stock judging.

As president, Michael aims to play a key role in ensuring the society's future: "I am honoured to take up the post of president of the Glendale Agricultural Society. Over the years there have been many low and high points for the society and fortunately thanks to the hard work of the management team, committee and secretaries we are currently on a high, going from strength to strength.

"However, we would not be where are today without the support of Duncan Davidson and Lilburn Estates and I would like to thank them for their support in the past and do hope that we will have their support for many years to come."

The Glendale Show held on August Bank Holiday Monday is north Northumberland's largest rural event, attracting visitors from across the North of England.