506 plates of eggs make great show

Photo: David Hurst'Holly and Ben Beard show off their decorated eggs at the Preston and District Poultry Egg Society 31st annual show, held in Catforth Memorial Hall
Photo: David Hurst'Holly and Ben Beard show off their decorated eggs at the Preston and District Poultry Egg Society 31st annual show, held in Catforth Memorial Hall

Just two weeks after Easter, eggs were once again in the frame when they filled more than 500 plates-full at a major annual show on Sunday.

The Preston and District Poultry Egg Society held it 31st show at Catforth Memorial Village Hall with entries from all around the north of England.

The 506 plates filled 51 classes and they were made up by 352 plates in the general egg classes, 81 plates where eggs are judged solely on their contents, 56 plates duplicated in the challenge classes and 17 plates of decorated eggs in which Ruphina McCoy from Goosnargh won a first prize.

President of the society, Chris Parker from Ribchester was also a winner, as was secretary Bill Oldcorn from Broughton. Mr Parker – who is also current president of the Poultry Club of Great Britain – won the best egg content section, while Mr Oldcorn, under C and W Oldcorn, won the champion egg exhibit with six bantam fowl Marans eggs.

Reserve to him was Mandy Bush from Halifax with six large fowl eggs, while another local winner was Ruth Parkes from Freckleton, who won the best waterfowl exhibit with three duck eggs.

Messrs Bruce & Kelly from Blackburn won the best egg judged on external and internal qualities and Andrew Martin from Catforth gained the prize for the most points in show.

He also won the best exhibit of Welsummer eggs and the best exhibit of Araucana eggs.

Judges for the day were Jimmy Johnson from Ulverston, Wayne Sharp from Lancaster and Richard Swinnerton from Freckleton.