Hayfield Country Show

DOGGED: One of the best-informed spectators. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 7.
DOGGED: One of the best-informed spectators. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 7.

THRILLING stunt cycle performers, Medieval jousting, and a birds of prey display were just some of the highlights that ensured Hayfield Country Show and Sheepdog Trials was as popular as ever at the weekend.

Attendance figures for the two-day event, held in Little Hayfield, were up as the crowds enjoyed the various attractions.

ONE MAN AND HIS DOG: The serious side of competition. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 11.

ONE MAN AND HIS DOG: The serious side of competition. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 11.

Paul Bagshaw, chairman of the organising committee, said: “It was a very good weekend. Overall the gate is up on last year’s.”

The weather proved the forecasters wrong, with rain only hitting the showground as everyone was packing up on Sunday.

“It didn’t get spoilt at all, but when everyone was packing up at the end there was a tremendous downpour at 6pm.”

Paul thanked everyone who helped in any way to make the event a success, including members of the organising committee and the many other volunteers who give their support.

GISSA KISS: Helen Taylor of Saddleworth Llama Treking with Chisholm. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 12.

GISSA KISS: Helen Taylor of Saddleworth Llama Treking with Chisholm. NBUA 17-9-12 JC 12.

The success of the event provides a boost to the local community with a majority of the proceeds donated to a variety of local charities and good causes.

As well as the traditional sheepdog trials, the weekend of entertainment also included the return of the popular Knights of the Damned jousting display team, and the Trials Kings, who performed breathtaking stunts.

Music was provided by the Lonesome George Samba Band, Werneth Youth Concert Band and Thornsett Band.

In the craft tent and food hall there was a wealth of homemade products and produce available.

There was also the chance to see the Chadkirk Dog Agility team perform, as well as shire horses and search and rescue dogs. A children’s entertainer blew spectacular bubbles to keep the younger visitors entranced.

Competition was tough in the Lantern Pike Fell Race, which saw five races for junior runners at the different age groups and a hotly-contested senior race.

Anybody who would like to get involved and give their support in any way to next year’s event should contact Paul on 01663 742112 or email paulbagshaw48@aol.com.