Shepherds show that sunshine boosts gate

THE BORDER Shepherd’s Show in Yetholm attracted one of its largest crowds ever at the weekend, writes Sally Gillespie.

Ashkirk’s Jock and Scott Davies of North Synton took the overall championship with a North Country Cheviot gimmer at the traditional show at the Haugh on Saturday.

Scott said: “The judge liked her. It’s nice to get something to show, it’s been a wee while since we’ve had one like that – they don’t come along very often.”

Earlier outings this summer saw her win the overall championship at Yarrow and Ettrick Show and the Cheviot section at Langholm Show.

The Scottish Champion of Champions stickmaker is also judged at Yetholm and the top ticket went to Stephen Bell of Barrow-on-Humber.

Show secretary Sarah Little said: “We are very pleased with how the day went, the weather was fantastic and the attendance was one of the biggest we’ve had. The classes were very well supported and the standard was excellent.

“There was a tremendous show of sheep and in the industrial tent, 21 gingerbreads for the judge and there was a huge show of photographs.”

Children’s classes provided fun for youngsters, along with the afternoon’s games.

Other entertainment included music from a steel band, dog agility, hounds and a vintage vehicle display and parade.

Mrs Little said: “The dog agility was a great crowd pleaser, the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt were a success with a lot of people going into the main ring to meet the hounds and the vintage tractor parade was also watched by a lot of people.”

She added: “We’re grateful to the exhibitors, the visitors and the stewards who helped on showday because without them, the show wouldn’t go ahead.”