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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cumbrian girl follows in gran and her mum’s footsteps to lift show cup

Laura Potts kept up a family tradition at Saturday’s record-breaking Dalston show by winning the cup her mum and grandma had won before her.

Laura Potts photo
Laura Potts

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Back in the 1950s Laura Brough lifted the trophy in recognition of her baking and crafting skills. Her daughter Gillian Potts went on to win it several times and now her 15-year-old daughter from Dalston has brought it home after winning most points in the industrial section.

Such family commitment is typical of the spirit that helped make this year’s Dalston Show the busiest yet.

It attracted a 6,000-strong crowd and more than 1,700 entries in the industrial section alone.

Chairman David Black said: “It is the best show we’ve had since starting up again 30 years ago.

“It has broken records all around the field.”

There was a focus on youngsters at the village event.

William Horsley, 12, from Catterlen, Penrith was champion dairy young handler while 10-year-old Millie Coates from Penrith won the children’s pet show with her rabbit Daisy.

Charlotte Wilson from Thursby was the best calf young handler at 11 years old. Her bedroom wall is covered with livestock rosettes not posters of popstars.

Twins Simon and Helen Graham, 18, from Plumpton, helped their dad Ian secure the texel sheep championship.

Simon said: “This is the first time we’ve won a championship and we know we’re getting somewhere. It gives us confidence that we’re doing something right.”

In the horse section Laura Graham from Penruddock won the in-hand hunter championship at 17 while 16-year-old Lucy Little took the mountain and moorland championship with her Connemara pony.

The Langholm teenager said: “We were meant to go to the Cumberland Show but it was cancelled so we decided to come to Dalston. It’s a really friendly local show.”

Emily Huntington, 14, from Wigton, led the commercial beef champion to victory and came first in her young handlers class.

She works with her parents cattle every day and loves competing against her friends.

Aged just nine Ella Swainson won the accolade of most outstanding exhibit for her detailed drawing of Dalston Show that took three weeks to complete.

There were some adult winners at the event including Jonathan Wales from Thackwood, Raughton Head, who took the interbreed sheep championship with a homebred shearling charollais ram.

In the beef cattle section, the interbreed prize was won by Steve Pattinson from Roadhead with a Belgian blue cow while the Wilson family’s Evening Hill herd from Thursby won the dairy competition.

Thousands watched the carnival parade judged in the main ring in the afternoon. The best float was made by Dalston Bowling Club based on an Abba theme.

Volunteers spent two weeks making the float, which is helping the club raise money for local charities.

Mr Black added: “It’s the best show we’ve had for years. The crowd really got behind our world record attempt to build a Fergie tractor.

“The record was beaten by eight seconds. There was a real roar from the crowd when they did it.”

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