The 2013 Glanton Show report
The 90th Glanton Show has been hailed as a great success – ‘best ever’ was heard though the Committee are far too modest to believe that! However it was a very full day, with an extra bonus for the hill race as our very first overseas entrant (Tadele Geremew from Ethiopia) stormed around the course in a blisteringly fast time, we are renaming the event the Glanton International Hill Race next year! The local hero winning the Artie Hunter Shield was Ross Wilson from Ingram Farm – many congratulations to Tadele, Ross and all the other competitors. After such a great start the only was up, and the West Percy foxhounds did not disappoint – several hounds claimed they could have covered the race course in even less time, but fortunately they were happier romping around the show ring and enjoying the company of the various children (of all ages) who were pleased to make a fuss of these beautiful dogs.
Meanwhile in the main marquee the judging had finished and what a high standard of entries there were this year – and lots of entries, thanks to all those who grow and make and create such a remarkable show of local talent. Many of us stand in awe at the quality of the produce and the skill of the photographers, bakers, jam makers, knitters and craftspeople – thank you all for being so generous with your talents!
Outside the marquee the Companion dog show was very enjoyable, with pedigrees and mutts all joining in. The overall winner was Jill Malone from Seaton Delaval who had the added bonus of a voucher for a photo session with specialist photographer Andy Craig. The pony sports and the sheepdog trials each took place in their separate fields, if you didn’t manage to pop over to look at either, do make a note to do so next year. The Classic car display was a very high standard this year with wonderful vehicles of various vintages, and a working steam engine completed the show with a couple of tremendous hoots! There was also a select band of stall holders with goods and crafts for sale and displays from the Guide Dogs and the Wildlife Trust among others. Throughout the afternoon there was also plenty of activities for children ranging from face painting to a bouncy castle and various traditional sports events.
In no time at all the next event in the main ring began, a display of flying birds of prey, which was full of drama and spectacle, and a surprising amount of audience participation – some birds seem to love the less-than-hirsute head! More intentionally, a team of participants proved that an owl in flight is silent – makes you glad you’re not his lunch! Next we were treated to an amazing display of chainsaw carving, a trunk of wood being transformed into another owl before our very eyes, and thanks to the generosity of Ross Macneil, this owl was sold in aid of Show funds and went off to a new home that very day.
A new competition was trialled this year – ‘Best 6 Legs’, which usually comprises a dog and his/her owner. As it was a surprise addition to the programme, only a few brave souls entered – but next year we hope to see many more challengers – male and female owners (we carefully arranged to have a lady and a gentleman to judge – so don’t be shy chaps, give her something to do next year!) and of course the other four legs could be a dog or a pony, a ferret, a mouse – whatever you feel has great legs! And so of course to the terrier racing, which has a similarly elastic definition, and this year the terriers definitely beat the lure into a cocked hat!
During the afternoon Steel Quake added hugely to the atmosphere with their choice of cheerful music. Sustenance for all was provided by Geoff Allan’s team, who also ran a very popular post-show Fish & Chip van later in the afternoon, and Morwick Ice Creams seemed to have a perpetual queue, not surprisingly.
After prizes and cups were awarded there was a special presentation to mark the 90th Show anniversary, with engraved glass vases being presented to three of the Show’s most long term exhibitors, Denis Rough, Tommy Swan and Jimmy Givens, well done all. The 100 Club prize was won by Glanton resident Mrs Tait.
Do put next year’s date in your diary now, second Saturday in August, which in 2014 is the 9th. If you would like to help with organising, or on the day, please speak to any member of the Committee, we have various ‘bite sized’ jobs, and new ideas are always welcome! Our grateful thanks to John Guiry and Artie Hunter for the use of their fields and facilities, both on the day and before. Special thanks from all the committee to everyone who helped on the day, and in the run up to the event – you know who you are, and we couldn’t do without you!
As one year ends, thought turn to next year, and in particular fundraising – we aim to make the show as accessible as possible so keep the entry charges as low as possible, but costs of marquees and entertainment keep rising, so we need our supporters and fundraising events to balance the books. Watch out for details of the Race Night in the village hall, around February 2014, a joint fundraising event and a bit of a laugh at a dull time of year, and our Coffee Morning in May.
Glanton Show Committee
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Angelpeak Photography - Alnorthumbria Vets - Ninette Edwards Architect - Redpath Tyres
Carrs Billington - RV Architectural Services - Cheviot Vets - Breamish Holiday Cottages
PEC - Oscar Petfoods - Glendale Garden Centre - Pearsons
Mannings - The Pincushion - Penny Petroleum - Queens Head
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Albion House Hairdressing - Michael Chisholm - Bankhead Kennels - George Dodds
NFU - Chris McCann - Olympus Marquees - Old Motor House
Par Petroleum - Cobbydog - R Green Butchers - Geoff Allan Catering
Andy Craig Photography - Woodland Carvings - MKM - Morwick Ice Creams.