The 107th Annual Cartmel Agricultural Society Show in 1989

Heavy rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of competitors, exhibitors and spectators at the 107th Annual Cartmel Agricultural Society Show in 1989.

Although scenic Cartmel Park was foggy and muddy for most of the day, the agriculture and sports festival was still a success.

Secretary Rodney Coward said, “Entries for nearly every class were up and despite the weather most competitors showed up.”

But he admitted the attendance of 2,000 to 3,000 people was only half of what it would have been in good weather.

“We can only remember two similar days like this in the last 24 or 24 years at the Cartmel Show,” Mr Coward said.

The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment Band was due to give a parade during the afternoon but had to play inside a marquee.

With more than 70 silver trophies to be won, competition was fierce, especially in the bovine categories.

The day proved particularly rewarding for John Bowes, a farmer from Crook, near Kendal, who was attending the show for the first time. He won six of the major trophies.

Among the successful Furness farmers in the cattle section were Messrs. Barton and Harrison of Grange.

Honors were split in the sheep classes with three trophies each for John Jackson, of Newton, Alan Wilson, of Wood Broughton and George Dixon, of Low Newton.

A full range of equestrian events took place throughout the day despite the continued rain and the rabbit, pigeon, poultry, goat and horticulture courses proved very popular with spectators.

It was another successful year for regular exhibitors in the flower and vegetable categories, especially Mr. WW Howarth, of Southport, who won nine top prizes.

Visitors to the show included local MP and vice-chairman of the show Michael Jopling, Major Tim Riley, High Sheriff of Cumbria and Hugh Cavendish, a show patron, from Holker Hall.

Trophies were presented at the grand parade by Betty, the wife of the show’s chairman, Colonel Terry Hodgeson.

Amalia H. Mercado