Halifax Show In The Local Press

Halifax Agricultural Show regularly appears in the printed press as well as online and television. Here are some articles from over the years about some of the activities that have been going on…


Yorkshire Post

Friday 14 August 2015
A newborn baby has become the youngest lifetime member of the Halifax Agricultural Show after her mum went into labour on the showground. Richard and Amy Cade, of Sowerby Bridge, got more than they bargained for when they returned from a day at the popular event with their new bundle of joy.

It was two weeks earlier than Amy’s expected due date and it was a big welcome home for Richard, who had just returned from a three-month stint in Iraq, where he works as close protection medic. Proud Amy, 27, said: “Thank god he got home when he did, that was our first family day out in three months and what a day it was. “We were walking around and I had a few pains, but I just thought it was normal. “Then towards the end of the day we were heading up to go home and decided to sit down and have a drink and all of a sudden a massive gush came.

“I thought ‘oh my god’, it was really busy and I just said ‘I think my waters have broke’. All my family laughed and I said ‘no, something has happened’. “All the farmers were trying to make way for the ambulance and one said ‘don’t worry, we’re good with lambing’.

“The show people did a really good job of getting the ambulance in for me. I was just in shock, it was two weeks early and I wasn’t sure what the circumstances were.” Amy was rushed to Calderdale Royal Hospital where she gave birth via emergency caesarean section the following day to baby Nellie, who weighed 6lb 4oz. “We go to the show ever year without fail, it’s something we always do and it makes it even more special now,” Amy added. “It’s nice to think we can tell Nellie all about it when she’s older. She has been made a lifetime member and they have been really good to us.

“It just goes to show we do live in a great community.”

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Halifax Courier

Saturday 10 August 2013

Thousands of people flocked to Halifax Agricultural Show 2013, today. Savile Park Moor was packed with plenty of action and animals – there was something for everyone to enjoy. Crowds were entertained by new attraction Knights of the Damned with a breathtaking variety of medieval shows packed with stunts and horsemanship. Shiver me timbers – Welsh Axemen cut through lengths of timber to compete for the fastest time/minimum blows.

It certainly wasn’t be a baa-d day for those who watched Halifax Agricultural Sheep Show with Nobby the Norfolk Horn taking centre stage. There were a whole host of other attractions from Punch and Judy – fun for all the family, craft tent, cattle, horse jumping, goats, dog and duck display, vintage tractors, cars, and motor cycles, fun fair, donkey driving, and more.

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Huddersfield Examier

11th July 2013

A THREE-year-old is feeling anything but sheepish when it comes to agricultural shows. William Mullin, from Marsden, is fleecing experienced handlers to take home first place prizes in sheep showing. Having started when he was just two, William will soon compete in a Champion of Champions contest.

Proud mum Jamie Mitchell said: “He is such a keen farmer and has won lots of awards. “His latest competition was the Great Yorkshire Show. He competed in the three to nine-year-old category for sheep handlers and came second. The crowd roared as he collected his prize.” William comes from a long-line of successful handlers. His grandfather, 54-year-old Clive Mitchell, of Coldwell Farm, Holmbridge, started sheep showing when he was just 10. His father, 27-year-old Daniel Mullin, of Huck Hill farm, Marsden, has also recently got involved in the sport.

Jamie, who is chairwoman of Holme Valley Young Farmers, said: “William has competed in main events and won two. One of them was the trophy he took home from Harden Moss Sheepdog Trials. William’s grandad had won it for the past two years. “We are keeping it in the family. William has told me that he cannot wait to be a farmer. He goes to the shows and talks to all the farmers. He has developed a true broad Yorkshire accent and talks in lingo that some of us don’t even understand. Without knowing, the other day on the farm he released the sheep dogs and tried to round up the sheep by himself. He came back and told us that the dogs were already back in the pen.”

William started sheep showing when he was two after he trained his lamb, Laddie. He has won several competitions with his Shearling tuck Laddie but has now acquired a flock of sheep including a Derbyshire Gritsone and a Jacob. He will compete in August with his latest sheep Boris at the Halifax Agricultural Show.

To prepare for the event,William is responsible for washing the sheep, brushing them up and making sure that their behaviour is impeccable while they follow him around the ring. He must wear smart attire for the competition as he is also judged on this. Having won his category at Harden Moss Sheepdog Trials, William is due to compete against other winners in the Champion of Champions competition at the Hope Show in Derbyshire on August bank holiday weekend.

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