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Ipstones Show a roaring success

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 03, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Janine Stannage performs a fire stunt

  • Janine Stannage performs a fire stunt

  • New agricultural queen Alice Leighton and her retinue arrive at the show ground.

  • Aaron Stannage thrills the crowd with his motorbike stunts.

  • Aaron Stannage performs his high rise jump

  • Frankie Rhodes aged 15 from Cauldon Lowe with "Mojo" "

  • Stephen Mace show off his wall building skills.

  • The adult male Pygmy Goat judging takes place.

  • One of the young handlers enters the main ring

  • Henry Wilson aged 12 from Cheadle with Holly the Pedigree Hereford

  • Judging of the sheep classes takes place

  • Peter Wright with a Rough Fell, prior to judging.

  • Andrew Frost (treeart.co.uk) carves tree trunks with a chainsaw.

  • Retiring Queen Lydia Cartwright announces the amount she has raised during her year of office

  • New Ipstones Agricultural Queen Alice Leighton

  • Trevor Jenkins from Congleton in his classic car at the Ipstones Show.

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A FAMILY international stunt team, livestock, queens and fine weather all contributed to make the 64th Ipstones Agricultural Show a roaring success.

The event, on Saturday, began with a parade of floats and queens from the fire station in Froghall Road to the show ground off Church Lane, where the day was officially opened by Richard Bowker of Belmont Hall.

Mr Bowker is a non-executive director of the Football League and the national rugby board.

He is also a former commercial director of the Virgin group and chief executive of the Strategic Rail Authority.

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He was awarded the CBE in 2004 in the New Year's Honour List.

He said: "It is an honour and a privilege to open the show.

"Congratulations go the queens and their retinues, who all look impressive,

"Agricultural shows are one of England's finest traditions.

"They produce light hearted competition and there is something for everyone It is important that this tradition is kept going."

Following the official opening Mr Bowker's wife, Madeline, crowned the new 2014/15 agricultural queen, Alice Leighton.

Alice, aged 12, said: "This is a special day for me. I would like to thank Ipstones Agricultural Society for the opportunity.

"Thanks also go to my retinue and parents for their support.

"It is great to see so many people here today. We will start our fund-raising year today with our stall on the showground."

Retiring queen, Lydia Cartwright, then announced that she had raised £5,105.34 during her year in office.

Lydia said that along with her retinue she had attended many competitions and events and had been successful in winning 17 trophies and awards.

Half of the money was donated to the agricultural society, while cash was distributed to several village charitable organisations.

A total of £1,402.67 was donated to North Staffordshire's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Lydia's younger sister cared for after being born.

Lydia said: "I have had a fantastic year representing Ipstones and I would like to thank the agricultural society for giving me the opportunity to be the queen.

"We have represented the village at many competitions and held numerous fund-raising events.

"I wish to donate to the North Staffs Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which cared for my little sister Lottie when she was born in 2012.

"Having Lottie in the unit was a very difficult time for my family. However, we were all touched by the hard working staff operating under pressure who always made us feel very welcome.

"Had it not been for the amazing consultants, nurses, midwives and advanced neonatal practitioners providing the highest level of care, my sister would not be here.

"I hope this fund-raising helps towards some of the vital equipment needed."

Supporting the Stannage stunt team with main ring entertainment were Ipstones schoolchildren with a dancing display; a classic car and tractor display; and a grand parade of livestock.

Also featured around the showground were many trade stands, a craft tent, dog show, Henmore Poultry marquee and a gymkhana.

Show chairman, Graham Watkins, said: "We have had a very successful day with a good crowd of people.

"There has been a great display of heavy horses and very good entries in the livestock sections.

"I would like to thank sponsors, judges, exhibitors and everyone who has helped to make the show a success."

Horticultural results

MOST points in Children's classes: Sienna Phillips

Most points in flower and veg: Stuart Lees;

Most points local in flowers and veg: Richard Warren;

Most points in floral art: Jane Hargreaves and Ellen Poole;

Most points in cookery and crafts: Alison Barber;

Most points local cookery and crafts: Ruth Clowes and Dorothy Frazier;

Most points sponsored dahlias class: Graham Morley;

Best in Show: Graham Morley;

Best in vegetables: Jim Peach;

Best in flowers: Graham Morley;

Garden News, Top Tray, 1: Jim Peach. 2: David Lownds. 3: Richard Warren.

Organiser of the horticultural section, George Phillips, said: "We have had a record number of entries and the judges commented that the standard across all the sections was very good."

Livestock results

IN THE livestock section, the Supreme Champion was won by Wayne Smith of Basford near Cheddleton.

The Reserve Champion was awarded to Coldeaton Jersey of Offcote near Ashbourne.

The best young handler up to nine years of age went to Joseph Kirkham, and to Peter Cotton for the nine to 14 years category.

The Supreme Beef Championship cup was also won by Wayne Smith, with the Reserve Champion going to the Wilson family of Hollington.

The heavy horse section again attracted a very strong entry with competitors from all over the country.

The Supreme Champion was won by TJ Yates of Belper, whose wonderful animal is going to the Horse of the Year Show.

Reserve Champion was Curbishley Farms of Congleton.

The champion sheep award went to the Belfield family of Sheen.

In the visiting queen awards, Leek and Moorlands had a successful day by winning the Queen and retinue trophy, along with the solo queen, chief attendant and crown bearer awards.

Haregate took the best flower girl, while Buxton took the best float and Miss Personality award.

Leek and Moorlands also took the special Jean Mycock memorial award.

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