Photos: Hodder Valley Show 70th anniversary

The sun shone and entries were up at this year’s Hodder Valley Show which organisers called an “exceptional” event.

This year’s annual show was special as it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the event with a display showing the Hodder Valley Show through the years staged by Helen Wallbank from Slaidburn Village Archive. The show’s committee thanked both Helen and Jenny Bradley for all their hard work in staging local history displays at the show year after year.

Staged at Langden Holme Farm, Dunsop Bridge, by the kind permission of Mr and Mrs Carr and the Duchy of Lancaster, this year’s show presidents were Mr and Mrs Edmund and Jean Sandham, who have farmed in the district for 42 years.

A real family event, the show had something for everyone with a Cuerden Birds of Prey Display and the Ben Slinger Bike Display Team in the main ring. During the show it was announced by Richard Schofield, the organiser of the Farmers’ Walk for Cancer that the event has raised a staggering £26,000 for cancer charities. The Hodder Valley Show has supported the fund-raising walkers from the start donating proceeds from a charity auction held at the show’s 70th anniversary party.

The Hodder Valley Show this year proved a bumper event with more than 100 cows being entered and 40 Young Handlers.

Organisers held workshops during the summer to help Young Handlers with their showing techniques and this is believed to have helped those who took part in this year’s show.

Entries were also up on last year’s show with more than 90 new exhibitors.

A new attraction at this year’s show was a full-size pretend Holstein cow. People were asked to “guess the name” of the cow with local girl Katie Giles guessing the correct name – Matilda.

l For results from the show’s livestock classes, see page 37. For results from all other classes, see next week’s Clitheroe Advertiser.