Conditions meant shear speed was down, but still impressive

ALMOST 30 shearers from all over the UK and as far afield as New Zealand took part in the 12th annual Speed Shear at the Horse & Hound Inn in Bonchester Bridge on Saturday night.

Weather conditions and fractious Texel lambs caused problems for all the competitors, with the result that quite a few were red-flagged by judges Johnny King and Andrew Dodds, and Willie Dickson’s record time of 21.3 seconds was never threatened as all the times were five to 10 seconds slower than in previous years.

After a fiercely-competitive opening round in the open competition for the John Falla Trophy, Adam Berry, Kendal (28.14 seconds), Pete Smith, Yorkshire (30.10), Gordon Nicol, Newcastleton (30.51) and Una Cameron, Bonchester Bridge (31.13 seconds) lined up for the final.

First up, Smith set the pace with what proved to be the winning time of 26.3 seconds.

Runner-up was Gordon Nicol in 29.22, with Adam Berry third in 30.26, and local lass Una was a popular and credible fourth, with 35.13.

The final placings from the 15 starters in the seniors competition for the Howahill Shield were: 1, Alex Riding, Jedburgh (32.58); 2, Glen Wilson, Bonchester Bridge (44.94); 3, Scott Wilson, Broughton (46.86). Fourth-placed Mark Robson from County Durham was red-flagged.

Thanks to the sponsors and a raffle, the evening raised £275 for Cancer Research.