New Nidderdale Show president shares vision for more young people to get involved

Outgoing Nidderdale Show president Margaret Liddle hands over the Plaque of Office to Don Leeming at the gates of Bewerley Park in Pateley Bridge.
Outgoing Nidderdale Show president Margaret Liddle hands over the Plaque of Office to Don Leeming at the gates of Bewerley Park in Pateley Bridge.

The new President of Nidderdale Show said he feels honoured to be appointed at the helm of the treasured annual tradition, which he has been involved with since he was just a young boy.

Don Leeming, 73, who is the current President of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society, started his journey with Pateley show when he became a steward as a young farmer at the age of 18.

Since then, he has gone on to play an instrumental role in the organising committee, and feels passionate about inspiring young people to get involved as he did.

Mr Leeming said: “It is an honour to be President of Pateley Show, I’ve been involved for over 50 years now, and I’ve really enjoyed being a part of it.

“It would be great to see some more young people getting involved in the show and the committee, it’s something that you can get involved in from a young age and follow it on.

“Pateley Show is one of those where you go along and see people you might not have seen for years, and yet you stop and talk, and catch up like it’s been no time at all.

“We love putting on a show for the townspeople and for the people who come far and wide to enjoy it.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s show, we’ll have camel racing for the first time, and every year we try to offer something new and different. Last year we had stunt motorbikes and hopefully this year visitors will enjoy the attractions just as much.

“We are also planning to have more car parking spaces on offer for visitors this year.”

Mr Leeming was presented with his plaque of office by outgoing President Margaret Liddle at the gates of Bewerley Park.

Mr Leeming added: “Pateley Show is a tradition that people across our district enjoy. It’s a real family thing as well that spans generations.”

To find out more about this year’s Nidderdale Show which will be held on September 25, visit their website: www.nidderdaleshow.co.uk, where you can also see highlights from last year’s show.

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