2015 Nantwich Show - photo special
PUBLISHED: 13:14 01 September 2015 | UPDATED: 22:56 23 October 2015
From a record amount of cheeses to magnificent Shire Horses in the main ring, this year's Nantwich and South Cheshire Show was as great a spectacle as ever. Words by Rebekka O'Grady
2015 Nantwich Show
Private Driving class winner Tom Allison and his grand daughter Nicola Allison (14) with 'Forward Ambassador' from Whitchurch
Five-years-old Isla Arrell from Ellesmere with Jersey championship contender 'Thistlerose Tequila Sunrise'
Ayrshire cattle on parade
Downland Sheep judge Graham Galbraith (from Kendal) at work
Seven years old Tomos Sivill from St Asaph picked up a blue rosette for second place with his Shropshire Downland sheep
Sheep on show
Five years old Esme Hughes from Crewe enjoyed her chance to handle this Argentinean tropical screech owl called 'Aqua'
Coun. Hilda Gaddum, the mayor of Cheshire East, trying her hand at Oak Swill Basket making with expert Owen Jones from Ulverston
Seven-years-old Iwan Rhys Edwards from Crewe found his match with this giant cabbage. It won first prize for John Bebbington (also from Crewe) in the Horticulture section at the Show
Ayden Bebbington (7) from Basford (Crewe) won first prize and Best in Show for his potatoes
Busy bees Imogen Campin and Matilda Kinsey (both aged 5) from Nantwich with some prize-winning honey produced by Graham Platt of Hartford
Team Belton....Glenn Johnson, Poppy Beckett, Steve Walton and Alison Taylor of Belton Cheese (Whitchurch) with their 5 trophies, 16, Gold Medals, 15 Silver Medals, 12 Bronze Medals and 8 Highly Commended Awards
Award-winning Delamere Dairy team....Rachel Mitchell, Patrick Brunt, Liz Sutton (the founder) and Ben Brown
Visitors sampling some of Delamere Dairy offerings
Say C H E E S E.....Cheese Show visitors Sue Routledge, Harry Knill (11), Mischa Davies (9) and Jane Davies from Stockport pose for a selfie
The Higgins family from Willaston visit the Cheese Show
Nantwich Town Cryer John Parsons says that cheese affects his vocal chords so that he can't reach his usual volume when delivering his message
Manning the Reaseheath College stand at The Cheese Show are John Clark, Rachel Schingler, Adam Brazendale (of the National Skills Academy of Food & Drink), Sophie Morbitzer, Penny Masters (Food Technologist) Georgie Brighton and Jade Florian
Laurence Bass of The Cheshire Cheese Co. with visitors to his stand Janette Beech, Abi and Jos Saunders sampling some prize-winning Creamy Cheshire
John Walker judging the Decorated Shire competition
A host of trophies and medals went to Joseph Heler....(L-R); Richard Hollingdale, Kerry Meadows, Angela Pasco, Gabi Choczaj and David Wells
The Jason Smyth Stunt Display team entertain at the Show
Trevor Lloyd from Much Wenlock (Shropshire) with the winning Decorated Shire horse 'Weekland Mascot' and the competition judge, John Walker
Strolling around the showground, there is a real buzz in the air. From excited children pulling their families from stall to stall, proud competitors parading their winners around the agricultural rings and visitors tucking into piping hot food from the many food vans – the Nantwich and South Cheshire Show was in full swing.
We bump into a very happy five-year-old Esme Hughes, who is proudly holding an Argentinean tropical screech owl called Aqua from the North Wales Owl Sanctuary. But this isn’t her first time: ‘I’ve held owls before, they’re really cute! I’m having fun. We’re going to see the chickens and the pigeons next.’ Esme’s mum, Phoebe, explained that their own horses used to compete here, but now each year she brings her family from their home in Crewe just for the fun of it.
Mayor of Cheshire East Council, Councillor Hilda Gaddum, agrees. Hilda, who lives in Macclesfield, says the show is great fun and she loves coming back to it: ‘I am a member of the WI, so I used to come here years ago to help at their market. It’s a great privilege to be invited back.’
From horses to honey and cows to carrots, there’s a category for everyone to compete in at the show. You don’t have to be a professional either to have a good go at claiming a top prize. John Bebbington, from Crewe, was awarded first prize for his giant cabbage. ‘It’s just a hobby,’ exclaimed John, who said his father was a good vegetable grower. ‘I don’t quite know why I started. I am now training my grandson, who is also here and won Best in Show for his potatoes in the junior classes.’
This isn’t the first time that young Ayden, 7, has had a taste of glory. The keen vegetable grower was awarded Best in Show last year and has been a prize winner at RHS Tatton. ‘We’re very proud,’ continued John. ‘He’s being growing since he was three years old. He’ll be a veteran show-goer before we know it!’
Robert Eardley, president of the Nantwich and South Cheshire Show, said:‘Our show offers something for everyone, the best of British farming coupled with a full programme of entertainment. We are particularly grateful to all our generous sponsors, the trade stand and livestock exhibitors and the show officials and stewards - without who the prestigious show we had today would not have evolved.’
The show, together with the Nantwich International Cheese Show, both rank as one of the best of their type in the country. The cheese show now holds the world record of 4,611 entries from 31 countries around the world.
The team at Belton Cheese were especially thrilled with the results, scooping among others 16 gold and six trophies, including the National Westminster Trophy which is presented to the manufacturing exhibitor winning the highest number of points overall. ‘We are delighted to win so many awards,’ said Alison Taylor, marketing manager at Belton, Whitchurch. ‘Especially to win the National Westminster Trophy five years on the run – it’s a great team effort.’
Another Cheshire company seeing gold was Delamere Dairy. Along with a selection of gold, silver and bronze medals, the Knutsford based dairy was awarded the The Old Amsterdam Award for the best Dutch cheese and The Capital H Challenge Cup for their Goats’ Cheese Log with Honey. ‘It’s a fabulous show,’ said Liz Sutton, founder and director of the company. ‘We came here 30 years ago after I started making cheese in the kitchen and have come every year since.’