“THE best show ever,” said Show President Sue Rix as she introduced the trophy winners at the 42nd Menston Village Show.

She thanked the crowds for attending the show, held in the Kirklands Community Centre on Saturday, September 9, before going on the thanks the entrants who had earlier braved appalling weather to bring their entries, the hardworking committee, and town cryer Elisa Mowe who returned to the show to present the trophies.

Also acknowledged were the many local business which had donated prizes and the two main sponsors, Ribston Pippin estate agents and Pickard's Pies, who produce a range of 'luxury' pork pies in the village.

Striking features of this year's show were the abundance of wonderful flower displays and flower arrangements but, even more remarkable, the creativity and practical abilities of local youngsters. Baking, models, needlework, art, sculpture, complex Lego constructions, odd creations with fruit and vegetables, floating flowers - all demonstrated an extraordinary ability.

A painting from Krizzler Cree was awarded 'best in show', and so the Barbara Hannam Trophy, for a young person's entry. Best in show for the adults went to Brian Parker while the Fawcett Trophy for the overall winner, with most points over all classes, went to Julie Wilks.


Youngsters' trophy winners

Barbara Hannam Trophy for best children's entry: Krizzler Cree

Fred Marcham Cup for needlework/embroidery: Lily Edwards

Junior Photography Cup: E Zigmund

Children's cups for Floral Art, Novelty and Baking

Age 6 and under: Sophie Wilson

Age 7 to 10: Lucy McNabb

Age 11 to 14: Rebecca Shaw

Children's handicrafts cups

Age 6 and under: Ben Richardson and Charlie Whelan (joint winners)

Age 7 to 10: Ronnie Barker and Emelyn McCann (joint winners)

Age 11 to 14: Lily Edwards and Owen Sage (joint winners)

Adult trophy winners

Leslie Wood Memorial Trophy for best in show: Brian Parker

Fawcett Trophy for overall winner: Julie Wilks

Derek Bond Trophy for fruit and vegetables: Barry Atkinson

Fred Ashton Trophy for flowers: Geoff Lomas

Rose Wood Trophy for best single rose: Andrew Sage

Wharfedale Fuchsia Society Trophy: Brian Parker

Joan Pullan Cup for flower arrangement: Elizabeth Loy

Handicrafts Cup: Julie Wilks

Photography Cup: Muriel Sage