It’s showtime again! Mottram Show returns
Friday 18th August 2017 06:30 Longdendale News Posted by Adam Higgins

Mottram Show is back on the Old Hall Showground on Sunday – and the organisers need a big turn out more than ever this year. 

Heavy rain at last August’s event left the ground badly in need of repair.

Heavy tractors and traffic in general left the fields in a ‘terrible condition’.

It soon became obvious to the show committee that huge and costly repairs would be needed.

Show president Malcolm Lewis said: “There was no grass left, we have had to spend hundreds of pounds on re-seeding and levelling.

“But the showground is now in an excellent condition and we are hoping for a big crowd on Sunday.

“It’s a great day out for all the family. The first classes start at 9am and the show goes on until late afternoon.”

Malcolm and the rest of his organising colleagues proudly boast that Mottram Show is one of the best value shows in the area.

He said: “There’s been an exceptional entry in the cattle, sheep and heavy horses classes. We are also bringing back the Grand Parade this year where the winners in the cattle, sheep, heavy horses and jumping classes will parade together after winning their prizes.”

Livestock plays a huge part in Mottram Show. There’s also the companion dog show, with classes for pedigree and non-pedigree dogs.

Always popular are the novelty classes, with prizes for the prettiest dog, friendliest rescue dog, and the pet the judges would most like to take home.

Show jumping fans are well catered for in a horse section that has 16 competitive classes.

The highlight is likely to be the ‘puissance’ where the height of the wall is increased after each round until there is only one horse and rider left in it.

Once again, there will be a huge display of tractors and vintage vehicles, including steam engines, while dotted around the showground will be trade stands and other attractions.

New this year is a harvest foraging display, showing the equipment used to collect sileage, compact it and wrap it.

As usual, there will be huge marquees hosting the horticulture and craft classes, plus plenty of food and drink outlets and a chance to listen to show favourites Arnfield Brass Band from Tintwistle.

While for those who like a bit of mystery, professional magician Robert Bardsley will be giving a display of ‘Merlin’s Magic’.

But showgoers are reminded that the A628 Woodhead Pass will be closed this weekend from Friday (August 18) at 8pm until 6am on Monday (August 21) between the Gun Inn at Hollingworth and Flouch Roundabout at Langsett as Highways England carry out planned drainage and resurfacing works.

 

By David Jones