Looking back 2014
Looking back at the Great Eccleston Show 2014…
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014 – Another great weekend was had at this year’s Great Eccleston Show and with the fantastic weather and the tremendous continued support of the thousands of visitors, a Great day was had by all! Over 40,000 people enjoyed the best two-day show in the North-West with something for everyone.
On the first day some of the finest dairy cattle could be seen on parade in the main ring and with the Holstein breed being the most prominent in the area, a deserved winner was a local family, P, J A & M Isles from Greenhalgh, Kirkham. On talking to Matthew Isles on his win he said “I’ve been showing here for 13 years and I’ve finally done it”, a great example of the support the show receives from local farmers and the standard of the breed on display, which was reputed to be the best showing of dairy cattle at the show for 15 years. Other fine examples of dairy cattle like Jersey’s and Ayrshires were also on display. Commentator Mike Keeble kept the watching crowds interest as he explained the breeds being displayed before them and the importance of farming to our area, not least the country.
Well over 60 entries took part in a fiercely contested Shire Horse competition. With the winner of one of the classes going through to the Shire Horse of the Year contest. Animals had come from all over the country with the eventual winner going to a family from Whitby, North Yorkshire, E Oliver with Fellthorpe Esther Jane.
There was a strong line up of various breeds of sheep on Saturday with Suffolks, Texels, Charollais and Swaledales to name just a few. A Charollais owned by A J Thorburn from Annan won Champion sheep. On Sunday a wonderful display of Primitive and Non-Primitive Rare Breed sheep delighted the visiting public. Sunday also saw the The Lancashire Goat Show, held again only at Great Eccleston with a fantastic turn out of over 50 goats.
Beef cattle, shown in the main ring on Sunday morning, gave the visiting public a glimpse at the power and beauty of these enormous beasts which are grown for their meat and the winner was a commercial animal owned by J Mellin & C Cropper from North Yorkshire called Sweet Cheeks.
Ridden Hunters, Mountain & Moorland and In Hand Sports Horses made a stunning spectacle in the main ring. Junior and Senior Jumping classes took place at the end of both days, giving the general public a reason to sit back, relax and enjoy this great sport and beautiful animals. Horses were also prominent for the first time as a display for the public with Mounted Games, which proved to be very enjoyable to watch and great fun!
The marquees around the show-field were packed with wonderful exhibits of art, tapestry, knitting, cakes, floral art, vegetables and home-made wine and honey. One of the Stewards said “yet again people have really supported the show to make the marquees packed with interest, without them we wouldn’t have a show!” Weeton St Michaels C E Primary School took home the cup in the Children’s Section, which was full of vibrant colourful exhibits, proving how important art is in our schools.
The Food Hall was once again brimming with tasty treats from all over Lancashire. Locally smoked meats, home-made fudge and wild boar sausages were just a few of the morsels that could be picked up whilst wandering round.
BBC Radio Lancashire were broadcasting live from the show on both days with the weather lady from North-West Tonight Eno Eruotor a special guest. She was interviewed by her colleague Graham Liver and was a hit with the public.
Other areas of the show included a thriving craft tent, wood cutting, weaving, vintage cars and tractors as well as live music to keep us entertained. A vintage fairground big wheel was kept busy all weekend with visitors taking in the sites from this vantage point.
Thousands of visitors packed the banks of the Tractor Pulling track and witnessed a great competition as part of the British Championships. For those visitors who had never experienced this before it proved to be a noisy and thrilling attraction, with people going home now fans of watching these powerful machines.
Another human powered event was the Young Farmers Club with a thrilling Tug of War competition which the crowds really got behind, shouting for their favourites and resulting in the strongest of them all, Bilsborrow winning the title!
In 2014, Sheila Robinson MBE celebrated her 40th year as Show Secretary, “I am enormously proud to have been Secretary all these years and I’ve seen the show grow and succeed year on year” she said. This show owes a great deal of thanks to all the willing helpers that make the show the success it is.
Great Eccleston Show has yet again proved that it is capable of putting on a spectacle which appeals to all age groups and interests and can’t wait to welcome us all back next year!