Epworth Show continues to flourish after all these years

Guest of honour Roy Clarke (third left back) presents the winners of the horticulture section at the Epworth Show in 1992. Picture: Andrew Roe
Guest of honour Roy Clarke (third left back) presents the winners of the horticulture section at the Epworth Show in 1992. Picture: Andrew Roe
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The Epworth and District Agricultural Show has a wealth of history attached to it dating back almost 150 years.

So to get you in the mood for Monday, when one of the biggest days in the Isle’s calendar takes place, Stan Boor, 85, a committee member for more than 30 years has provided these pictures of previous shows.

The picture right shows Last of the Summer Wine writer Roy Clarke with the winners of the horticulture section in 1992. In the portrait picture, we see Harold Woolgarr presenting the trophy for the winning shire horse in 1991. Below is also an image from 1987 of the mayor of Bullsferry with children.

A resident recently donated a butter knife, which is recorded as having been awarded for the best pat of butter in 1870, to the committee.

Chairman Maggie Antcliffe, 59, said: “A resident from the Isle bought the knife at an auction about 15 years ago and donated it. But we don’t know much about it, if anyone knows about these early years please speak to us.”

The first recorded show was in 1945 at The Thurlow in aid of the Red Cross to help families devastated by the Second World War. During the 50s it moved to Scawcett Lane for 30 years until 1986 when the committee bought its own field in Wroot Road, now known as Epworth Showfield.

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