Record year for Kirkwhelpington Show


KIRKWHELPINGTON Show attracted a record number of entries this year as people flocked to the much-loved village event.

The warm weather drew crowds, who proudly showed off their exhibits of tasty cakes, blooming flowers and creative handicrafts.

The children were kept busy with sports, a new climbing wall provided by the army cadet force, a bouncy castle, rides in the Rington’s pony cart, a coconut shy and a family treasure hunt.

At 3pm, the public were allowed into the exhibit tent to view the sea of colourful entries and how the prizes had been distributed.

The cup for most points in the vegetable section was closely contested, but Jane Armstrong picked up the prize.

The flowers section was completely dominated by Geoff Coatsworth with his beautiful blooms and his points earned him the Charles Moffit cup for highest score overall in the horticulture section, as well as the cup for flowers.

The cup for baking was close-run, but there will be a new name on the cup, Catherine Hogg.

Sheilla Nevin dominated the handicraft section, giving her enough points to win the overall industrial section cup as well as the cup for handicrafts.

The children also got involved in some friendly competition, with the Foley book token for the girl with the most points going to Bethan Kitchin, and the boy with most points to Lucas Jones, who also got the cup for most points overall.

Tilly Holmes received the Jane Robson cup for the best exhibit and Thomas Armstrong, the Ken Hodgson cup for the best handwriting. On the playing field, David Johnson was winner of the quoits competition.

Teas were provided in the village hall by the British Legion women’s group, with a tombola, produce stall and knitted items for sale to raise money for Crohn’s Crohn’s & Colitis UK.

The day drew to a close with a well-supported family ceilidh.

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