Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at New Deer Show

HEAVY early rain and poor weather forecasts seemed to keep visitors numbers down on previous years on Saturday at New Deer Show, despite the weather staying mild and mostly dry.

Nevertheless, visitors still turned out in good numbers from around the North-east and further afield, with an increased number taking advantage of the warm and dry weather on the Sunday to see the show. Organisers also reported received record numbers of entries in the cattle, horse and fur and feather categories.

Alison Watt of Birkenburn, near Keith, was among Saturday’s prizewinners, walking away with the accolades for Champion and Reserve Champion for her Blonde cattle.

“We’ve had a good day”, she said. “We enjoy New Deer as it’s a good show, so we always come back. Luckily, the rain from earlier has stopped, so everything’s dried up for the main part of the show!”

A wide variety of businesses, charities and individual exhibitors took stands at the show. In the main ring, in addition to the judging of livestock, Saturday saw trucks and tractors, performances by Buckie Pipe Band, and a tug of war contest organised by the Young Farmers’ Club. Sunday also saw children’s races, terrier races and the Guarana Street drumming band in the main ring, while the UK Freestyle Motocross team put on daring displays on both days.

Among those enjoying the education tent were Cameron Wood and little brother Harry from Aberdeen, who both enthusiastically ‘milked’ a fibreglass cow. They were accompanied by their Grandad, Graeme Yule, who described this year’s show as ‘very good’.

Also attending the show and to holding surgeries were Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford and First Minister Alex Salmond, both of whom represent New Deer within their constituencies.

Afterwards, Mr Salmond paid a visit to the Sellars tent, where he presented John ‘Johnny’ Duncan with a cake to mark his 50 years of service to the company. Johnny, who started out as a mechanic in 1961, rose through the ranks to become a branch manager, selling over 650 combine harvesters - 200 of them new - in his time with the company.

Full round-up next week