Glendale stalwart steps down after almost two decades

Marion Lockhart, secretary of the industrial section of the Glendale horticultural and industrial society, is standing down after 19 years

Marion Lockhart, Secretary of the Industrial Section of the Glendale Horticultural and Industrial Society
Marion Lockhart, Secretary of the Industrial Section of the Glendale Horticultural and Industrial Society

She's been a stalwart of the Glendale Show for two decades but now Marion Lockhart is stepping down.

Marion, the secretary of the industrial section of the Glendale horticultural and industrial society, has retired after 19 years in the job.

She began her association with the society in 1989 and has been supporting it ever since.

Marion, who lives in Wooler in Northumberland, said she has greatly enjoyed her years helping to run the annual Glendale Show.

“The great pleasure is the whole event and the challenge of putting it together, but the real satisfaction is from others ­ I love meeting people,” she said.

“The show itself is an amazing day and I get a huge sense of satisfaction when the entries have all been submitted, brought in and displayed and the prize winners announced.”

Marion first became a steward in the industrial section in 1989. After six years she became secretary and retained the role for the next 19 years.

The society works independently of the Glendale Agricultural Society and, in years gone by, used to run their own separate events. However, in recent years, both groups can be found at the same show having decided to work in tandem.

Marion has also worked with Wooler First School to encourage younger generations to grow up with a knowledge of the society. Thanks to Marion’s work, there have been a string young entries into the industrial section each year.

She said: “From the school’s point of view the show adds a different dimension to the children’s daily school work, and we get a lot of support from them.

“For me personally, it is always a highlight to see young children taking part, both from their schools, and independently.”

Marion believes that the influence of television shows such as the Great British Bake­ Off and Kirsty Allsop’s Hand Made Britain have reinvigorated interest in the show.

“These programmes are encouraging people to make their own things, whether in crafts, clothes or baking, which is resulting in more younger entries,” she said.

Marion’s hard work has been recognised by Michael Walton, president of the Glendale Agricultural Society.

He said: “We are under no illusion as to the huge amount of hard work and commitment that goes into the organisation of the Glendale Show.

“Marion along with Secretary of the Horticultural Section, Eric Moffat, has worked tirelessly to ensure that this is always one of the highlights of the show.”

The secretary role has been passed onto Jane Cook, Sarah Jones and Julia Tait who had shadowed Marion in the run up to he retirement.

Mr Walton added: “We know that Marion will be a huge miss but we also know that she is leaving it in very good hands, ensuring that it continues for decades to come.”

This year’s Glendale Show is on bank holiday Monday, August 25. Further information can be found at www.glendaleshow.com

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