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1960 from left - President and his wife, Mr and Mrs F Caton, Mr SJ Verity, Chairman, William Sharp, Chairman of Committee, Rob Taylor, Ethel and Eileen Taylor.

Mothers and babies

1961 - On the left, Annie Heseltine with Karen and Jeanne Sharp with Annabel. Mary Scothern with Michael is on the right


1963 from left - John Thompson, Mrs Clark, Mr W R Clark, President, Mr Burnaby Drayson M. P., and Mrs Drayson, talking to Mr and Mrs Jack Longbottom of Gargrave.

Tom Sharp

1963 - Tom Sharp receiving a trophy from Mrs Clarke with the President, Mr Reg Clarke on the right.

Tom Sharp

Tom Sharp with a rare award winning White Shorthorn Bull

President 1964

1964 - Mr G Bolland, President and Mrs Bolland presenting a trophy to Mrs Barbara Hague.


1964 from left - Tom Sharp, George Bolland, President, and Agnes Moorhouse


1964 from left - George Bolland, President and Mrs Bolland presenting a trophy to Tom Sharp


To celebrate the "coming of age" of Malham Show, Irene Moorhouse of Bell Busk was crowned Show Princess. On Miss Moorhouse's right is the show president, Mr. R. Mason of Coniston Cold and on her left is Mrs. Mason. The other competitors shown in the picture include, from left, Jeanette (now Mrs Rigg), Hilary Sharp, Joan Patterson, Shirley Bolland, and Allison Wellock.


Best Looking Sheep Dogs 1962 - Paul and Alan Bolland



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Malhamdale Show 1907 - 2002


The Sixties
     In 1960 the Show moved from Airton to its present site in a field then owned by Mr W Sharp. The Show continued to grow in popularity but retained and consolidated on the traditional events for which it had become well known. Since its start in 1946 admission to the show had only gone up by 6d to 2/6, children were charged 1/6 and a catalogue cost 2s making the cost of the day out for a family of two adults and two children 10s (50p).

1960 - 14th annual Show - moved to Malham.      
     A delightful new setting This was the first year the show was held in Malham, previously it had been held in Mr WJ. Hall's field in Airton. The weather was fine and with 1400 entries this was not a record show but ranked among the best thus far. There was controversy over the Silver Trophy donated by the Foster family for the best-farmed holding under 150 acres. The trophy was won by N. Bolland & Son of Dykelands who had won it in 1957 when the trophy was first offered. 2nd place went to Mr F E Mueller of Hanlith who won in 1958 and 1959. Dry stone walling was added to the schedule. Dancing in Kirkby Malham Church Hall to the Midnight Follies Dance Band.

1961 - Poor weather in the morning, brightening later.      Record entries. Misty weather in the morning, meant that the start was delayed following difficulties in rounding up the sheep from Malham Moor due to visibility down to 2 - 3 feet. Despite this early setback this was a very successful show financially. There were 1600 entries, more than the previous year. The Foster family had heavy participation, William (solicitor) being president this year while Robert, who had been president in 1957, was treasurer. Dancing in the evening was, again, to the Midnight Follies Dance Band.

1962 - Malhamdale Show triumphs over difficulties.      Preparations disrupted by strong winds the day before the show. After completing arrangements for the show on the Friday before, two marquees and the President's tent were blown down by strong winds. An SOS was put out and officials and their wives worked until late Friday night to repair the damage. The show made a loss of 88 which, taking into account the bad weather, was considered a marvellous effort. The tug-of-war was dropped from the schedule and instead of motor cycle grass track racing, a motor cycle scramble was organised in an adjoining field. Dancing in the evening was to the Midnight Follies Dance Band.

1963 - Record entries - almost 2000.
     A record breaking show was marred by bad weather. Torrential rain in the morning kept attendance down. Strong winds in the afternoon cleared the mist and rain and periods of sunshine followed. The show made a loss of 68. The Foster Trophy for the Best Farmed Holding under 150 acres was extended this year to include holdings of any size within the local radius. Dancing to the Dalesmen Dance Band in the Kirkby Malham Church Hall.

1964 - Good weather drew a large crowd to the Show.
A successful show. Dancing in the evening to the Craven Players Dance Band.

1965 - Malhamdale Show keeps its happy team spirit.
      This was the fifth time the show had been held in Mr W Sharp's field. After a rainy start the sun shone around midday giving way to a fine afternoon. Despite the unfavourable weather in the morning the show was a success and made around 100 profit. The Foster Trophy for the Best Farmed Holding, any size, was won by Mr R Wellock of Bell Busk. Runner up was Mr G Bolland of Airton. The judge commented on the closeness of the marks and the high standard achieved by all contestants Dancing in the evening to the Midnight Follies Dance Band. Read the detailed account of this year's show.

1966 - Malhamdale Show's features again maintained.      The day was fresh and dry, but not sunny and the show made a slight profit. The radius for local entries was extended to include Friars Head, Seat House, St. Helen's Farm and Throstle Nest. A bar was organised at the Show, the licence being obtained by The Lister's Arms. Dancing in the evening to the Midnight Follies Dance Band.

1967 - The "Coming of Age" of Malhamdale Show.      Another successful year The Jack Carr Malham Moor Cup was given by Mrs Carr to be competed for annually in the Swaledale Section in memory of her late husband. The President of the 1966 Show Mr G M Cutter, presented a Silver Cup to be competed for annually in the Dry Stone Walling competition. To commemorate the 21st Show, a competition was held to elect a Show Princess. The competition, open to girls between the ages of 16 and 21 was won by Miss Irene Moorhouse of Bell Busk who was duly crowned Show Princess by the Show's President Mr R Mason. The Show Princess was then driven around the Showground in a decorated Landrover. Dancing in the evening to the Gordonaires Dance Band.

1968 - Malhamdale Show pulls in a big crowd.
      Overcast skies and a stiff breeze did not deter attendance. President of the show this year was Mr R Taylor who has been secretary of the Society since it started in 1946. Entries in the cattle section were slightly down on last year but the sheep section had the highest entry for a number of years. The one mile and 880 yard foot races were dropped, leaving only the Senior and Junior Fell Races in the sports section. The Senior Fell Race was won in a record time of 20 minutes 51 seconds by T Garside of Hawkshead, winner the previous week at Grasmere Sports. Dancing in the evening to the Gordonaires Dance Band.

1969 - Record attendance at sunny Malhamdale Show.
      The Craven Herald reported "one of the best shows for many years made the dry-stone wallers sweat, the ladies brown, the little children happy and the attendance a record." The Verity's Memorial Trophy was bequeathed by the late Mr S J Verity for the best Dalesbred Shearling Ram.

Miss Litter

Fancy Dress - 1964 Sue Heseltine as Miss Litter


1967 or '68 group comprising Carol Ann Cooper, Annabel Sharp, Catherine Helm, Jean Geldard, Julie Harrison, and Barbara Geldard


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