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Plenty to watch and poignant exhibition at village show

Members of the McGuinness School of Irish Dancing pictured during a performance.
Members of the McGuinness School of Irish Dancing pictured during a performance.

Hundreds of people once again flocked to Whalton Village Show, which raises funds for St Mary Magdalene Church, Whalton Primary School and Whalton Village Hall, when it took place earlier this month.

The antics of Indian Runner Ducks from Loch Lomond brought smiles and cheers as they scooted up and down a duck helter skelter and were gently herded over bridges and into hoops by Mark Wylie and his adorable collie.

Two of the There But Not There silhouettes in the church.

Two of the There But Not There silhouettes in the church.

Young Irish dancers from the McGuinness School of Irish Dancing, in their green and gold, amazed and enchanted the crowds with their easy athleticism and footwork.

There were more entries (408 in total) for the various show competition sections – including industrial, vegetables, fruit and produce and flowers – than last year’s excellent high despite the challenging growing conditions.

The top prize of the Thomas Grieve cup for the most points scored across vegetables and produce was awarded by the grandson of the man himself, also Thomas Grieve, who travelled to the event from Falkirk with his wife.

This year’s exhibition in the church as part of the show was set against Harvest Festival decorations and commemorated the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Alpacas at Whalton Village Show.

Alpacas at Whalton Village Show.

Items were lent by John Sadler and the Blyth Battery and a raft of poppies had been knitted by parishioners.

Haunting the church were seven silhouettes, representing the seven men of the 51 from Whalton that served during the Great War who lost their lives.

Gifted by a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund from the There But Not There project, they will remain in place in the church until Remembrance Day (November 11).

Mr Grieve’s grandfather lived in Whalton and served during the war – his name is commemorated on the brass plaque in the Village Hall.

A cascade of poppies at St Mary Magdalene Church in Whalton.

A cascade of poppies at St Mary Magdalene Church in Whalton.

With sheep racing, the annual dog show, the King Edward VI School Steel Band, a trade tent, the book fair, more than 70 classic cars from all over the country, a host of places to eat local or home-made refreshments, vintage Ferguson tractors displaying their ploughing prowess and the sun coming out in the afternoon and shining brightly on the children’s races and face-painting, it was, as Wallace of Wallace and Gromit would say, ‘a grand day out’.

The Whalton Village Show organisers are most grateful to the event’s sponsors: Hanover Dairies, Dunn Builders, Robson and Prescott, Wansbeck Plant, JD Dunn, NB Clark, John N Dunn Group Ltd.

Whalton Village Show winners

The various show categories were keenly contested this year.

The Thomas Grieve Cup for most points in vegetable and produce classes went to Jane Armstrong.

Nicola Robson received the Maple Bowl after achieving the most points in industrial classes.

Other class winners on the day included the following.

VEGETABLES, FRUIT AND PRODUCE – B Butcher, I Bruce, B Thompson, S Richardson, R Sill, R Mackay, M Murray, I Cave, G Holmes.

FLOWER CLASSES – K Fenwick, K Bisset, J Grierson, B Thompson, I Bruce, S Richardson, T Norton, D Robertson, W Sheldon.

INDUSTRIAL CLASSES – P Grix, I Bruce, M Dean, A Thompson, J Thompson, E Dolan, L Dixon, M Bell.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES – P. Colby, K Thompson.

ARTS AND CRAFTS – V Kinninment, A Kinninment, J Lee, K Fenwick.

The awards for the children’s classes went to Amy Warneford (girl with most points) and Archie Campbell (boy with most points) respectively.