Fit for a princess

ALL roads seemed to lead to Bladnoch Park on Wednesday as the sun shone brightly for the Princess Royal who spent the morning visiting a packed Wigtown Show.

By 11am, cars, vans, horse boxes, tractors and trailers were backed over the Bladnoch Bridge and beyond as the combination of a great day and a real live Princess meant the show was the only place to be.

Wigtown Agricultural Soci- ety celebrated its 200th anni-versary in style by entertaining Princess Anne for a couple of hours during the morning of the show. The Princess, wearing an eau-de-nil linen dress and peach blazer, was on a tight schedule as she was heading to Arran Show in the afternoon and just missed out on presenting the Craig Cup for the Champion of Champions.

However, the wife of the show president, Jean McKay, had the pleasure of presenting the top prize to her son, Sorbie dairy farmer Andrew McKay, from Broughton Mains, for his magnificent Holstein cow Mossrigg Shottle Breeze. The reserve champion was the commercial cattle champion, a heifer called Mystic owned by J & D Hyslop, Balluskie, Barrhill.

Show chairman Iain McFadzean was delighted at how the day went and was very impressed with the royal guest, who arrived at 11am and left at around one in the afternoon.

He said: “What a fantastic day we had. It was just brilliant. The Princess Royal was easy company and was interested in all aspects of the show. She especially wanted to see the native breed Galloway cattle and I was impressed at how knowledgeably she spoke about them and also about poultry in the poultry tent. She is very keen on horses, of course, and had a long chat with well-known local Clydesdale breeder Hugh Ramsay.

“The police were keen to keep her moving but she was enjoying chatting to people in the crowd. It was just a pity she had to go to Arran as it would have been tremendous if she could have stayed a bit longer. The weather was a big help – we just couldn’t have had a better day. The trade stands numbers were up by 35 on last year and that was before they knew the Princess was coming.

“I would also like to congratulate Helen McColm, who made a great start to her tenure as show secretary. ”

Helen said yesterday : “It was an amazing day. It is great how it all comes together. Thankfully, everything went to plan.”

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