Yarrow Show September 1981.
Yarrow Show September 1981.
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As the agricultural show season draws to a close, we flip back the pages of our files to 1981.

The occasion is the annual Yarrow and Ettrick Pastoral Society show where TheSouthern’s photographer captured the keen interest shown in the exhibits by these four gentlemen. Cloth caps and pipes seem almost obligatory.

The society was formed in 1906 and has continued ever since. The venue regularly changes and this year’s show is on Saturday at Philiphaugh.

The society’s founding fathers decreed that the show would showcase sheep and cattle from the two valleys down to Selkirk. Competition was keen, standards were high and the judges faced a difficult task as competitors battled for prize money – but more importantly, a winning ticket.

The society has broadened its outlook over the decades, encouraging improvement in animal husbandry and the enhancement of knowledge in all things agricultural as well fostering rural life. Home baking, cookery, needlework and knitting are now popular features of the society’s activities.

Its geographical area has been extended to include the burgh of Selkirk and Ashkirk.

Strict rules apply to exhibitors and judges have the power to reduce the published prize money if they believe the animal (or the cake or apple chutney) falls below a certain standard!

After Saturday’s Yarrow and Ettrick Show, the remaining agricultural outings are Langholm on September 24 and the Border Shepherds Show at Yetholm on October 1.

Compiled by Bob Burgess