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10,000 attend action-packed Penrith Show

The weather held out for a glorious day of fun where families packed out Penrith Show erasing last year's disappointing turn-out.

Penrith Show photo
Penrith Show

Around 10,000 people headed to the show at Eamont Bridge, just outside Penrith, on Saturday to enjoy an action packed day of stunt motorbikes, climbing walls and some of the county’s finest animals.

The main ring was the focus of the day with the grand parade of winning animals and champion of champion announcement being the highlight.

Organisers believed that this year could have been a record for footfall as well as livestock entries.

Frank Mason, Penrith Show president said: “This is as good of a show as we have ever had, we think it could be a record for crowds and livestock, the support has been great.”

The situation was a far cry from two weeks ago, where entries in the livestock and sheep categories were thought to be less than 200. Crowds gathered to see the best in show as the different breed champions were shown off to the thousands who surround the central ring.

There were well over 1,000 entries in the range of livestock and horse categories with Howsgillsdie Lady Heather being named Champion of Champions for a second year running.

Owners Jackie Marshall and Christine Halliday, of Kirkpatrick-Fleming stood proudly in the centre of the ring as the announcement was made.

The eight-year-old Clydesdale mare beat off competition from some of the best other horses, cows and sheep to be named best in show for second year running.

Christine said: “It is just a great accolade, also we believe it is very rare to win two years on the trot, it really is the icing on the cake.”

Howsgillside Lady Heather is lucky to be able to compete in the show as it was thought she would die after being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition two years ago.

Out enjoying the sun and enjoying an ice lolly was 20-year-old Sophie Bradbury, from Penrith.

She said: “I have been coming here for a few years and I thought I would introduce my university friends to this.

“I had been talking to them about cattle so thought it would be something different.”

Having a good time competing in the dry stone walling competition was George Allonby, 72, from Penrith.

He said: “I started doing this when I was 50 after I got made redundant, and have never been out of work since. It is nice to see it still being well supported at the show.”

Connie, five, and Harry Cartmel, three, from Berrier, near Greystoke, could be found with a keen interest near the horse show ground. Mum Debbie said: “We come every year to compete with our horses. I usually do it but Connie is doing it this year and taking up the reigns literally. It is just a nice friendly show and something for everyone.”


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