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1950 - three ladies on the right in the back row are
Nancy and Annis Utley with Daisy Wilkinson, later Mrs Daisy Harrison at
the end of the row. On their left, in uniform is Eric Lawson and in front
of him in a white open necked shirt is John Lawson. Peter Sharp is third
from the left on the back row. The gentleman in the middle row on the
right is Walter Heselden. At the left hand end of the front row is Mrs
Beckwith with Margaret and Rosamund. Mr And Mrs Carr of Lee Gate are in
the middle and at the right hand end are "Uncle Dot and Auntie Madge"
Mr Rob Taylor, Show Secretary from 1946
to 1968 when he became President, in the secretary's tent with his wife
and daughters Ethel, Jean, May and Eileen.
The old show field at Airton in 1952,
Mr. R. D. Wellock on the far right. His children, Brian, Dorothy and David
with a friend are on the far left of the picture while Enid, Dorothy's
sister is holding the calf in the centre.
Philip Harrison as Winston Churchill-Winner
of under 5's fancy dress in 1954.
A group of prize winners from the mid-fifties
- back row from left: Ted Laycock, Val Caton, Ethel Taylor, Rob Taylor,
Mr. William Sharp (President), Robin Cowperthwaite. Front row: 2nd from
left, Mrs Laycock, 2nd from right Bridget Hodgson
The fifties During the fifties the Show
gained in popularity and the classes and numbers of entries increased
year on year. Other attractions were introduced which gave the Show a
more general, family appeal.
"...a show neither too small to be of only
local interest nor too large to be impersonal"
wrote Marie Hartley and Joan Ingleby, read their other comments in this
excerpt from their book The
Cattle classes were included in the schedule, as well as Pony Classes
(riding) and gymkhana. Gate receipts showed a deficit of about £17 on
the show's finances. Dancing in the evening to Ribble Dance Band.
- Mud and merit at Malhamdale Show. Rain
kept away hundreds of people who had intended a visit in fine weather,
but the high standards of the show were upheld. Entries were slightly
down on the previous year, but there was no depreciation in quality. Gate
receipts were about £30 down on 1950. Dancing to the Ribble Dance Band
in Kirkby Malham Church Hall.
Sheep Dog Trials were dropped from the programme
this year due to the foot and mouth restrictions which had recently been
removed. Although the removal meant that cloven hoofed classes could be
included in the show, there had been no restriction on the movement of
sheepdogs which were therefore considered to pose a risk of infection
to the sheep. The programme did, however, include a Grand Gymnastic Display
by the Saltaire Ladies Gymnastic club. Dancing in Kirkby Malham Church
Hall to the Craven Players from 8.30 pm to 11.45 pm.
Record entries again at Malhamdale Show, BUT : Rain soaked the showfield Organisers fear a £60 loss Entries
were up by 300, a new record for the Show. Fancy Dress classes and a Parade
were added to the Schedule for the first time. Malham W I put on an Old
English Market in the marquee. Children's classes included an essay competition
- subject - under 11 years My Village or Hamlet, under 15 years
- Country Life is better than Town Life. Saltaire Ladies gymnasts
perform again. From the Craven Herald's reporter: "Malhamdale Show
is really a sort of a cross between an Agricultural Show, and the National
Eisteddfod of Wales. There are prize cattle and bonny babies, people in
hacking jackets wandering around carrying saddles, and motor cyclists
in riding "leathers" and what a national newspaper has termed "skidlids,"
carrying cans of oil. There are recitations and musical items, sheep dog
trials and a fell race; indeed plenty of variety and entertainment."
Mr J F Mellin of Hellifield wins the cup for best in show for the cattle
classes. He gave the cup in 1946, to become the property of anyone who
won it in three successive years. He has now won his own cup outright
for the second time! Dancing to the Ribble Dance Band in Kirkby Malham
Church Hall in the evening.
- A fine day!
Horses and poultry
were dropped from the Show schedule but the pony jumping and gymkhana
retained. Cattle Section all attested. Handwriting was added to the schedule
for the first time. The Saltaire Ladies gymnasts performed again. It was
proposed at a committee meeting held nine days before the show that the
show be cancelled because of the late hay season and fears for the condition
of the field. The motion was defeated by 25 votes to 4 and the show went
ahead. However the late hay season, caused by unusually heavy rainfall
earlier, meant that many farmers stayed away from the show or only came
for a short visit. Attendance by the public was better than the previous
wet year and the show made a very small surplus. Dancing in Kirkby Malham
Church Hall to the Ribble Dance Band.
- Sunshine and a bumper entry in all sections From
the Craven Herald's reporter: "With entries of anything up to 18 in
each class, the sheep section was exceptional, even for a show which has
the reputation of being one of the most important gatherings of the Dalesbred
and Swaledale breeds.... The large attendance was an eloquent testimony
to the charm and individual appeal of the event to farming folk and townspeople
alike. To the latter none of the Craven Shows gives a more intimate contact
with the life of the countryside; the town dweller has not been on the
showfield at Airton more than a few minutes before he is part of the event
and his spirit is quietened by its absorption in the easy rhythm of rural
life." Dancing in Kirkby Malham Church Hall in the evening to the
Ribble Dance Band.
Record cattle entries - worst weather for many years This
year was notable for the size of the cattle entry which was 25 per cent
up on the previous year. Heavy rain through the morning and early afternoon
made the field a quagmire. Cars had to park in the road as the car-parking
field was waterlogged. The attendance was only a fraction of that expected
on a fine day and financially the show suffered a serious blow. Dancing
in Kirkby Malham Church Hall to the Ribble Dance Band in the evening.
Malhamdale Show deserved a better fate
entry ever. Gale force winds in the morning were followed by torrential
rain in the afternoon but according to the Craven Herald's reporter "it
takes more than the weather to dampen the spirits of these hardy dalesfolk,
and their feelings were adequately summed up by the genial secretary,
Mr R Taylor, who remarked "it is disappointing but we cannot do anything
about it." Entries totalled almost 1400, with well-filled classes
of cattle and sheep and practically every household in Malhamdale was
represented in the domestic classes. A tractor handling competition and
one-mile foot race were added to the schedule. The President of the show
this year was Mr. Robert Foster and to mark the occasion a Special class
was added to the schedule. A silver trophy given by the Foster family
in memory of their late father and mother, Mr and Mrs T Foster of Newfield
Grange, was to be competed for annually and presented for the best farmed
holding under 150 acres. Slaidburn Silver Band played at the show and
Phillip Harrison won the Fancy Dress competition in the under 5-year-old
class. The deficit on the year's finances was £22 12s 8d. Dancing after
the show in Kirkby Malham Church Hall to the Craven Players Dance Band.
Admission to the dance was increased from 2s (10p equivalent) to 2s 6p.
Good weather favours Malhamdale Show at last.
The Craven Herald described the 1958 show as "triumphantly successful".
The gate was well up on the two previous years and although entries in
the sheep classes were slightly down on 1957, the show was well supported
overall. Dancing after the show was to the Premier Quintet. The year's
finances ended £18 13s 7d up although this was mainly due to a good profit
being made on the Annual Ball.
Good weather again favours Malhamdale show. This
was a good year for the show with good weather, an excellent attendance
and entry numbers in cattle and sheep classes breaking previous records.
A Landrover handling competition organised by Ribblesdale Motors was added
to the programme and the W I put on an exhibition. The dance after the
show was held, as usual, in the Kirkby Malham Church Hall, dancing to
Hustwicks Dance Band.