Gilsland Show prepares to celebrate 100th birthday

Miss Gilsand Show competition to be revived at the Northumberland event

The Gilsland Show took place on Sunday
The Gilsland Show took place on Sunday

Organisers of a popular agricultural event held annually on the border between Northumberland and Cumbria are preparing to celebrate a major milestone.

Gilsland Show, which takes place in August, marks its 100th birthday this year, and festivities have already begun, which the resurrection of some old traditions.

Recently, over 200 supporters of the event gathered at Gilsland Spa Hotel for a dinner, dance and, perhaps most importantly, the crowning of Miss Gilsland Show 2014.

Judged by show president John Dodd, of Low Row, and Kevin Crawford of the The Strangers dance band, the ultimate accolade went to Katie Maw of Bewcastle, who received a hand-embroidered sash and tiara.

The origins of the show date back to 1914, when following the demise of the Nether Denton Foal Show, the Gilsland Gala and Foal Show Society was established.

The first event, held a year later, featured classes for horses, ponies, dogs and sheep, as well some more unusual contests, including a pillow fight.

Transforming into the Gilsland Agricultural Society Show, the event has since played a vital part of the local farming community.

This year, the main agricultural show, held at Triermain Farm, will take place on Sunday, August 3, featuring a wide array of classes, entertainment, stalls and activities for children.

An equestrian show will also be held at Home Field on Sunday, July 27.

Anyone with old photos, newspaper cuttings or interesting information that can help the show celebrate its 100th brithday should contact show secretary Rachael Marston on 01228 675763.

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