Record-breaking crowds flock to Glendale

More than 15,000 people packed into the Glendale Showground on Bank Holiday Monday, making it the biggest show in its 121-year history.

A packed programme of entertainment, along with fantastic weather, meant the Glendale Agricultural Society even had to find extra parking to cope with the crowds.

Glendale Show at Wooler

Glendale Show at Wooler

Rachael Tait, show organiser, said: “In my five years as society secretary this is certainly the biggest and best show ever.

“I am quite overwhelmed by the number of people who came. Once again we have been so well supported by volunteers, sponsors, and exhibitors, and on behalf of all of the committee I would like to thank them all for their support.”

In the main ring, spectators were entertained as monster trucks Big Pete and the Grim Reaper flew over cars and crushed them and qualifiers were staged for the Shetland Pony Grand National.

Entries were up in the livestock section, with around 500 cattle and sheep on show.

Andrew Walton, chief livestock steward, said: “This year we have had an exceptionally good show of sheep and cattle across all classes. The quality of livestock was tremendous.”

In the livestock section, the Lilburn Estates Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the overall cattle champion, was won by Sedgewick & Slack with their 15 month old British Blue Cross Steer, Maximum. He also won The Homebred Best Beast Champion.

Julie Sedgewick said; “There was an absolutely fantastic line up in the Champion of Champions, so it was a real honour to win, and of course, we’re delighted.”

The Sheep Interbreed Championship was won by Alan Cowens, of Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk, with a Cheviot Hill type Ewe. The Reserve Champion was Robert Mackay of Westhills, Rothbury with a Blackface Ewe.

The competition for Young Handler of the Year was also fierce. For the second year running, it was won by 11-year-old Robbie Herdman, of Edlingham New Town. His father James Herdman won The Carrs Billington Points competition.

Entries were also up in the industrial and horticultural sections with many younger first time exhibitors.

Marion Lockhart, industrial society secretary, said: “The extra entries amazed everyone, and the standard was fantastic and a real challenge for the judges. I would like to thank everyone who helped, and of course everyone who entered. This was one of the biggest tents industrial sections that I can remember.”

Eric Moffatt, horticultural society secretary, added: “The displays were absolutely tremendous. The blooms were outstanding, we had a mouthwatering showcase of fruits and vegetables, and an impressive array of dressed sticks.”

The ‘Best Exhibit’ in the Horticultural Show Section was won by Jim Williams from Pathhead for his collection of vegetables. The Rose Bowl was won by Mrs Renwick of Jedburgh, who has exhibited at The Glendale Show for many years.

Overall champion in the horse section and winner in the Lightweight Hunter Class was Rachel Robson on Willow Park. They also won the overall reserve prize.

Popular too was the equine fancy dress competition. The Gruffalo family won the group prize, and Little Bo Peep, the individual.

A special presentation was made to retiring committee member April Potts, who has run the society’s annual sheepdog trial for the last 16 years.

The fell races, newly reintroduced after an absence of 12 years, attracted over 50 entries. Lorraine Rae’s donkey from Bamburgh won the ‘Best Donkey’s Hat Competition’.