New president for show society

Alan Firth and John Fort. (S)
Alan Firth and John Fort. (S)

A stalwart of the Dales community has been appointed new president of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society.

Retired police officer John Fort, re-elected to serve on North Yorkshire County Council for another term just a fortnight ago, has now accepted the prominent new position.

He will take over as President of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society from Alan Firth, who has stepped down after two years.

“It is a position I am very honoured to hold and I look forward to seeing everybody at this years show in September,” he said. “I guarantee the weather will be much better than last year!

“I would like to take this opportunity to thanks Alan Firth and Josie his wife for all the help and assistance that they have given over the last two years.”

Coun Fort has been involved with Nidderdale Show since the early 1970s when he was posted to work at the police station in Pateley Bridge.

He was first conscripted by a senior society member, Dennis Carter, who asked him to guard the trophies. Long gone are the days, said show organisers, when police officers are still needed to guard the trophies. But Coun Fort, along with chief steward David Prince and their wives, can still be found in the trophy shed on show days, religiously catalogue results and arranging the trophy presentation.

Mr Firth said it had been a great privilege and honour to be president: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish our new president a happy and successful term of office and to thank John and his wife Jenny for their support. I know they will be great ambassadors for our society.”