PHOTOS: Record crowds at Garstang Show

Record crowds turned up to support an historic Lancashire agricultural show as it hit a major milestone.

Wednesday, 5th August 2015, 3:00 pm
Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Annual Show. Katy Ashworth from Cbeebies entertains the children. Picture by Paul Heyes

Organisers said they were delighted with the turnout for the 200th Garstang Show on Saturday.

Judges praised the quality of livestock and horticulture on display, while visitors were also treated to death-defying displays from champion freestyle motorcross rider Jamie Squibb.

And there was plenty of entertainment for the younger generation as Cbeebies star Katy Ashworth proved a hit at the show.

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Secretary Melissa Wood said: “It’s a traditional agricultural show but it’s nice to have something extra for the families as well, with it being the 200th show.

“Katy Ashworth has been a massive hit in the children’s tent and the stunts the motorcross riders do are amazing.”

Despite a brief rainy spell, the sun was out for the anniversary show, with the Garstang Showfield, off Green Lane East, packed with people enjoying the event.

Miss Wood added: “It’s been a packed programme of entertainment and we put on children’s fancy dress to celebrate 200 years of the show.

Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society Annual Show. Katy Ashworth from Cbeebies entertains the children. Picture by Paul Heyes

“It has been rammed in the children’s tent.”

She said the show was so popular this year that organisers had to arrange extra parking.

She added: “I would like to say thank you to the committee that organises the show.

“It’s all done on a voluntary basis and everyone puts such effort in.”

The anniversary had extra significance for the show’s president Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes – as his family has been involved right from day one.

His great-great-great-great uncle was president of the very first show, back in 1813.

He said: “Agricultural societies have been an important part of the support for the farming economy since the agricultural revolution in the middle of the 18th century.

“The Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Society has now been doing this for over 200 years and deserves the support of all of us who care about the future of farming and horticulture and the health of our countryside.”

One of the competitors, cattle farmer Stephen Horrocks, from Lancaster, said it has been a “really special” show.

As well as picking up a reservie champion rosette he was delighted his grandchildren Jessica Marshall and Coby Horrocks picked up top prizes.

He said: “They won the inter-breed champion, which was fantastic.

“That was really special, up against all the other breeds.

“It was the first time my grand-daughter had ever shown.”

Frances Mullin, of Chorley, won best in show with her pygmy goats.

She said: “It went very well. We had some of the best goats in the country here – we had a very good standard of goat.

“It is always a really nice, friendly show and this year was better than ever – it seemed really busy."