NO FEWER than 100 people took up the opportunity to watch footage from old Wigtown Shows at Creebridge House Hotel recently.
The event, although organised by Wigtown Agricultural Society, was only possible with the support and dedication of William McCartney, who had spent
many hours putting the footage onto discs to be able to show them.
The earliest film shown was black and white footage from 1954’s show. It was a delight to watch and many known faces were still able to be identified, while the shows in the 1980s, with famous special guests, had everyone reminiscing.
Unfortunately, no films of shows in the 1960s or 1970s were available. If anyone knows of anyone who has footage of Wigtown Shows from this period or
earlier, in any format, the society would love to have a copy.
The venue of Creebridge House Hotel was perfect for the event as some had eaten in its restaurant prior to the film show, while their drawing room was filled with chat and smiling faces at the interval as folk enjoyed a cuppa and chance to socialise. It was great to see that, even in February, Wigtown Show brings people together.
The auction of a bottle of Bladnoch Whisky helped swell the day’s proceeds, which are a welcome addition to the coffers.
Plans for this year’s show, on Wednesday, August 1, are well underway. However, support from members and sponsors is vital for its financial viability. Sponsorship packages start from £50 and annual membership is £12, and both available to any individual. Contact Helen McColm on 01988 860233 or email email@example.com for more information.