Sunshine helps show to achieve recordbreaker

Goosnargh and Longridge Show. Richard Cookson with Iona, a golden eagle, from Cuerden Birds of Prey
Goosnargh and Longridge Show. Richard Cookson with Iona, a golden eagle, from Cuerden Birds of Prey

A recordbreaker for sun, entries, crowds and the standards of exhibits - that was Longridge Show 2013.

A recordbreaker for sun, entries, crowds and the standards of exhibits - that was Longridge Show 2013.

President Philip Cowell was high in his praise for the annual Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show, its committee and team of volunteers who made the success of the day possible.

He said: “We were so pleased with the beautiful weather, high standards of exhibits in all sections and record entries.

“The large number of visitors were relaxed, enjoying themselves, and there was not one incident of bad behaviour that I was aware of.”

He did, however, have to apologise (see Letters Page) to the Sutcliffe School of Dance for horse manure left on the field which needed avoiding during their performance.

But there were no other hitches in what was acknowledged by the new standholders and first-time visitors as a perfect day and one of the best local shows they had been to this year.

All sections were buzzing, with the highest ever entries in the colourful Junior Tent, which one first-time visitor from Horwich praised as “totally impressive and a huge credit to the organisers.” This tent recorded a total of over 1,700 entries, 300 more than last year, with the sculptures of the Fire of London and the Sinking of the Titanic catching everyone’s eye. Another eye-catcher were the classes on the light horse field, which continued through the day.

These attracted riders from throughout the county, with just one entry for the mare and foal class coming from Coppull, featuring mare Lowland Lucky Charm and foal Izzell Prince of Thieves, owned by Amie Lowton.

Men on the gate Michael Redmayne and James Slater, asked how things were going, replied briefly ‘Busy!’ as cars continued arriving in the two car park areas. The gate entry warning of ‘Caution, uneven ground’ was taken in everyone’s stride as they streamed into the busy showground, greeted by Booths sponsor representative Ashleigh Woof with cards from the supermarket.

This year, the showground featured a plethora of snack and eating points, unusual stands such as the coach-built carriages - or vintage prams - and the woodcarvers skills creating big-eyed owls.

The main showring was a constant source of entertainment and then showmanship as president Mr Cowell handed trophies and prizes to champion winners. He then took part in the grand parade in the vintage tractor class he runs, which concluded the show.