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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Thousands brave weather to attend Cockermouth Show

Brollies and wellies were the order of the day at Cockermouth and District Agricultural Show – but that didn’t stop thousands of people turning up.

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The ladies from Burnetts and Iggesund companies take a break

Farmers, families, locals and tourists all flocked to the 164th annual show at The Fitz.

There was a record number of entries in the industrial section, while the number of trade stands and sheep was also up.

There was strong competition in all the livestock sections and the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling proved popular, as did show jumping.

The dog classes, horses, poultry tent and vintage section were enjoyed by all ages.

Show president Frank Armstrong said: “Three things make a show: the weather, a hard-working committee and the venue.

“We’ve definitely got a hard-working committee and a great venue and the show has gone extremely well considering the weather forecast, far more people turned up than we expected.

“There’s been a bigger proportion of farmers because it’s been a good summer and they have got lots done.”

The Norman family from Setmurthy was delighted to scoop a selection of titles. Lana Norman won champion goat with her Swiss Toggenburg. “I’m absolutely delighted as she is an eight year old, which is quite old for showing. This is the first time I have shown her,” said Lana.

Son Johnathan took reserve champion Charolais sheep while his dad, David, took champion.

Dearham farmers Ruth and Mathew Harper won overall champion in the interbreed dairy section with their Holstein which went on to be declared overall cattle champion (beef and dairy).

Ruth said: “We are amazed, we have never had this before. There’s been a great atmosphere.”

Reserve cattle champion went to newlyweds Katrina and Steven O’Kane, of Yorkshire, who were showing a Limousin cross.

Steven met Katrina at a Yorkshire show last year. “I was there with my heifer which she was interested in buying. I said you can’t buy it without coming on a date. We got married in May!”

One local farming family was out in force, with each of the four children showing an animal. Sisters Katie, 12, Holly, 14, and Amy, 16, Bowness each showed a Jersey cow while brother William, 10, showed a Holstein calf.

They were with parents Tina and Ian, of Threapland Lees, near Moota. Tina said: “It’s our local show – we like to come and support it.”

The tables in the industrial section were groaning under a selection of food, flowers and crafts. There was also a fantastic array of children’s entries.

Section secretary Elaine Marrs said: “We have had 1,100 catalogue entries, it’s been a record year.”

Cockermouth woman Sandra Rumney, of Newlands Road, was at the show with her granddaughters, Macie, 11, and Emmie, nine, Rumney, of Wigton. Sandra said: “I’ve not been at the show for about 20 years. I’m not from a farming background but I like the horses and I love the dogs.”

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