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Farmers flock to Langdon Beck Show in Upper Teesdale
SWALEDALE sheep of unrivalled quality, glorious sunshine and an abundance of homemade cakes ensured a popular agricultural show was a big success.
Farming folk from across the North-East and Cumbria turned out for the annual Langdon Beck Sheep Show in Upper Teesdale, yesterday (Saturday, September 29).
As always, the sheep took centre stage, with prizes awarded to the best entries in a range of categories.
Neville Bainbridge, chairman of the Langdon Beck Show Committee, said the strength and quality of the sheep was the best he had seen in years.
“I strongly believe this is the best show in the region for Swaledale sheep,” he said.
“I am so impressed with the quality on show today. It has been a hard job for the judges.”
This year, the Brian Bainbridge Perpetual Cup for the Supreme Champion was presented to the Cumbrian farmer Ben Richardson and the late Ron Metcalfe.
The Hutchinson family, of Valley Farm at Bowes Moor in County Durham, meanwhile, scooped the Michael Bell Memorial Trophy for the reserve champion.
The trophy was donated by the family of Mr Bell, a farmer who helped revive Langdon Beck Show in 2000, following a break of almost 100 years.
Mr Bell, who farmed at Cronkley in Upper Teesdale, died in June at the age of 54.
Away from the sheep pens, the show, which takes place at the Langdon Beck Hotel, boasted a jam-packed industry tent, full of plants, vegetables, tempting cakes and a photography exhibition.
Youngsters were entertained by a bouncy castle, while the Middleton and Teesdale Silver Band provided a cheerful musical soundtrack to the rural festivities.
For full show results see Friday’s The Darlington and Stockton Times.
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