Show ground repairs appeal gets double boost

Wigtown Agricultural Society charman Ross McKie and vice-chairman Jim Wallace receive a cheque for �3,000 from RES development project manager Heather Donald.
Wigtown Agricultural Society charman Ross McKie and vice-chairman Jim Wallace receive a cheque for �3,000 from RES development project manager Heather Donald.

Wigtown Agricultural Society’s fundraising drive to cover the costs of repairing Bladnoch Park, the home of Wigtown Show, after a deluge on show day had two major boosts recently.

Essential repair work has cost the society around £13,000 and, last month, they asked supporters of the show for financial help to complete the repairs and improvements.

Wigtown Agricultural Society Chairman Ross McKie kahnds over the prozes to quiz winners Cilla and Peter Strain, Steve Kingston and Susan and David Bell.

Wigtown Agricultural Society Chairman Ross McKie kahnds over the prozes to quiz winners Cilla and Peter Strain, Steve Kingston and Susan and David Bell.

Last Saturday night they held a very successful quiz night raising £1,000 at Bladnoch Park and renewable energy company RES then donated £3,000.

At the quiz twenty teams battled through six rounds of questions and some additional fun challenges. The competition was tough with only one point separating each of the top three teams.

The eventual winners were “Five Go Quizzing” - Peter and Cilla Strain, David and Susan Bell and Stephen Kingston. WAC Chairman Ross McKie thanked everyone for making it such an enjoyable and sociable evening.

Wigtown Agricultural Society chairman Ross McKie said: “Thanks to the generosity of many Wigtown show followers, monetary donations have been sent from all corners of the region, significantly boosting the Society’s finances which will allow the improvements to continue.

”The next event on the calendar is the annual general meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at 7.30pm at Bladnoch Park to which all Society members are invited.”

A couple of days after the quiz show the Society received a major cash injection towards the cost of repairs to Bladnoch Park from windfarm developers RES.

The renewable energy company, one of the main sponsors of Wigtown Show for the past two years donated £3000.

Ross McKie said: “I’d like to thank RES for the generous donation towards the repair of the showfield. It makes a real difference to the local community to gat a donation of this size to help ensure Bladnoch Park continues to be an asset to the local area.”

Heather Donald,RES Development Project Manager said: “We are delighted to support the Society in their drive to raise money for the repair of the showfield. As a developer in the area we want to make sure we are supporting the local community in as many ways as we can. We understand how important Bladnoch Park is to the community, and look forward to the annual show next year.”

RES recently received planning consent for the 11 turbine Glenchamber Wind Farm between New Luce, Kirkcowan and Glenluce.