With the weather forecast predicting heavy rain for much of the day, organisers were grateful the rain held off until early afternoon.“The weather hasn’t dampened people’s spirits,” said show secretary, Sue Brown, of Bordley.One of this year’s memorable moments was the presentation of a memorial trophy for Tom Bannister, the managing director of Coniston Hotel who died in a car crash in June.His parents, Michael and Ethne Bannister, donated the Tom Bannister Memorial Trophy for the best ridden hunter, which was presented to supreme champion Mary Naylor.“This was a very sad privilege for us,” said Mr Bannister. “My son loved horses and loved his hunting and racing. It’s very special for us to make this presentation.“All of the family has been involved with Gargrave Show over the years. My father, Harry Bannister, was a two-time president, and my father-in-law, Tommy Garnett, was also president.“Gargrave Show brings together the local community and the Craven area is so renowned for its quality of stock.”Gargrave residents Sam and Adele Allen, brought their two children to a show that they attend every year.“It’s a good local agricultural show,” said Sam. “You see lots of people you know and there’s lots for the kids to do.”Their son Archie, eight, ran in the fell race and daughter, Jessie, five, took part in the children’s sports races.Another Gargrave resident, Yvonne Balmforth, was cheering on her husband, Joe, in the men’s fell race.Mrs Balmforth, who was attending Gargrave Show for the second time, said: “It’s a well supported good, old fashioned show with lots of things to see. There’s a good village community around here and the animals they have at this show are immaculate.”Holidaymakers Mike and Tracey Fothergill, of Birmingham, and Sarah Wise, of London, called into Gargrave Show to see what it was all about.“We’re all townies, so this is all quite different for us,” said Mr Fothergill.Mrs Fothergill added: “I really like the poultry. There are so many varieties that you’d never see anywhere else.”One of those animals included Currerwood Melissa, a Shire horse that took first prize in the brood mare class.Owner Gladys Emmott, whose husband George is a past president at Gargrave Show, said: “We’ve shown here for 40 years and have lived at Currerwood Farm in Steeton for 53 years. This a lovely show, the best there is in the area.”“Gargrave Show is a traditional agricultural show with very few gimmicks,” said this year’s show president Ian Smith, of Gargrave. “It’s a great meeting place for farmers, countryside people and anybody who wants to come along.”
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Show president Ian Smith with wife Ethel
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