The Horse and Hound Inn welcomed a huge crowd last Saturday night for the annual speed-shear competition. Organised by Geordie Bayne,the event provided both entertainment and excitement. The first final saw two Englishmen and two Scots compete for the senior trophy – the Howahill Shield – and when the favourite, local lad Neil Sandilands, who was the fastest qualifier in 34.85sec., was red-flagged, Yorkshire’s Jonathon Easton posted a time of 34.20 to win the title. Runner-up was David Gray (Selkirk) and third was David Corbett (Rochester). Although Willie Dixon’s record time of 21.83 was never threatened, the open final once again proved to be as exciting as ever. When last year’s winner, Una Cameron, and Jedburgh man Alex Riding were both red-flagged, the crowd were on their feet for local boy Glen Wilson as he took on Wilson Wylie, a Scot now living in Norway, for the coveted John Falla Trophy. Glen made a valiant effort, but his time of 31.29 only secured him the runner-up spot when Wilson fleeced his Texel cross lamb in 30.26. The event raised in the region of £420 which went to Cancer Research UK.