PRESTON SHOW 2021 at the Nag’s Head has been confidently declared a success with busy crowds, successful charity fundraising, a bustling albeit socially distanced show tent – and just lots of family fun.
Although rain threatened throughout the afternoon of the show only one short shower materialised leaving families free to enjoy the outdoor children’s attractions and the entertainment stage. Local entertainers performed throughout the afternoon on a stage organised by compere Adam Atkinson. It was also his task to introduce and speak on behalf of Superhero Ironman (Shaun Sykes) who formally opened the show with some of his characteristic stances and poses.
Charity stalls including from the Holderness Lions and Greyhound Trust Humber were there raising money for good causes. They offered raffles, tombola, goodies and games to play. Popular among these again was the Human Fruit Machine organised by Preston Women’s Institute (WI). You pay your £1 for three goes and ring a bell to start, then three WI members’ hands disappear into holes at the back of three boxes, then with the spare hands playing a drum roll on top of the boxes, three secretly selected pieces of fruit appear out of the front of the box. You won a prize for three fruits the same!
Another stall of local interest was the one set up by the R.A.T.S. group (Residents Against Traffic). Traffic congestion is a major issue in the village of Preston and the group was signing up supporters and encouraging people to sign its petition.
A display of Classic Cars and old tractors also attracted lots of interest from young and old alike.
A key part of the day is the traditional village show. Prize certificates were awarded to the winners of all the classes and the three trophy winners were Lorraine West who won The Jack Lowe Trophy for the best vegetable of the show, Margaret Hunn won the Best Handicraft Trophy, and for her creation of a unique knitted book, the Best Exhibit in Show Trophy was won by Gillian Hewland.
In addition, the Show Photography classes had been expanded under the stewardship of Hedon Viewfinders into the Open Photography Competition with the Annual Photographer of the Year award won by Janet Bucknall for her mobile phone picture of Barley and Sky, the Young Photographer of the Year was Libbie Walker of Holderness Academy who also won the Altered Reality class trophy. Best Colour Photograph was won by Kim Dallimore and Best Black & White Photo by Maggie Wingfield.
The show this year was raising charity funds for several good causes, but particularly the ‘Preston Young at Heart Group’ which provides activities for older people, or ‘recycled teenagers’, in the village and area. Richard Thorp from the group had kindly agreed to present the certificates and trophies. The charity cheque presentations will take place next month.
Following the success of Preston Show 2021, the Family Show Day for next year has been booked for Saturday 30 July 2022. It will once again enjoy the hospitality and free setting of The Nag’s Head, Sproatley Road, Preston.