THE British Royal family would have been delighted to visit this year’s Norwood Show to see how the local children view them.
Following the two royal wedding’s this year, it seemed appropriate that the Show’s theme be “yoyalty” – and what a success it was.
With handicraft classes ranging from “a yoyal with a wooden spoon body” to “a decorated yoyal gingerbread”, the standard of entry was incredible.
Needless to say that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Zara Phillips appeared on a regular basis throughout the classes.
Whilst the handicraft classes were being judged, the afternoon started with the Pet Show. Lynn Pullan, representing the sponsor Pharmall Supplies, had the unenviable task of judging the vast array of pets.
After many questions about the animals and their care, the winners of the dog section were (1st) Matthew Whiteley with his dog Tigger, (2nd) Jessica Beecroft with her dog Jarvis and (3rd) Sam and Olivia Barker with their dog Harvey.
The winners of the small animal section were (1st) Samuel Scaife-Clark with his rabbit Nougat and (2nd) Grace and Eve Gulwell with their guinea pigs Milkshake and Cookie. Sarah Hinde’s well behaved pet lamb, Fluffy, won a class of its own!
Whilst the pet show and sports races were taking part, the judges were inside judging the wide array of handicrafts. Sam Barker, as winner of the best miniature royal garden, won the Fred Hathaway Rosebowl.
Imogen Patrick won the Atkinson Family Trophy for the best vegetable carriage, whilst Megan Beecroft won the Shirley Lancaster Trophy for the most points in the children’s baking classes.
Five-year-old Abi Beecroft won the five-and-under handwriting prize. Declan Kelly was the winner of the Francis and Shirley Dawson trophy for the best handwriting, age six and seven, whilst Ella Newsome won the Alan Stobbs trophy for the best handwriting, aged eight years and over.
Commemorative books were kindly donated by the Norwood Charities Commission for the winners of all the trophies.
With entries ranging from Zara Phillips on horse back (decorated bicycle) to Prince William as a decorated gingerbread, the standard of exhibits was extremely high.
12-year-old Megan Beecroft won the Mid Washburn Valley Millennium Cup for the highest points earned in the arts and handicraft classes by a child of 10 years of age and above, with Imogen Patrick placed second.
Seven-year-old Serena Patrick won the “Silver Show” trophy for the most points earned by a child nine years and under, with Paul Atkinson in second place.
Sarah-Jane Patrick won the Dawson-Patrick trophy for the most points in the adult’s classes.