Kirkcudbright man ploughs to finish

The trophy winners with Matthew Burgess at the front with James Baird, left along with champion Alex Irving and Karen Baird. Reserve champion Brian Wilson is second from right. BG
The trophy winners with Matthew Burgess at the front with James Baird, left along with champion Alex Irving and Karen Baird. Reserve champion Brian Wilson is second from right. BG

THE St Mary’s Isle and District Ploughing match held on Saturday was a triumph for Alex Irving from Twynholm for he lifted the championship for the second year in a row.

The entry of 25 for the event, held at Mains of Twynholm Farm, was the best for number of years and delighted secretary James Baird and chairman Bill McCoskrie.

Mr Irving was delighted with his success and championship win after lifting the top prize in the vintage section of the match.

The runner up was Brian Wilson who won the three-furrow class while the winner of the two-furrow section was Michael Clingan with Mr Baird taking first prize in the reversible class.

One budding ploughman, 13-year-old Matthew Burgess, is following in his father’s footsteps. For Matthew won the junior section of the event as he competed in only his second ploughing match.

His first event was in Wigtownshire last month and his father Brian, who took second place in the three-furrow class, was delighted: “He’s really keen and this is only his second attempt at competing in a match.”

At the close of the event the trophies were handed over by Karen Baird and the chairman, Mr McCoskrie thanked everyone who had helped and for the use of the field. He also thanked those who had donated prizes.

RESULTS:

Champion – Alex Irving; reserve champion – Brian Wilson

Two-furrow class – 1 Michael Clingan; 2 Bill McClelland; 3 Matthew Burgess. Three-furrow – 1 Brian Wilson; 2 Brian Burgess; 3 Matthew Burgess.

Reversible – 1 James Baird; 2 David McTaggart. Vintage – 1 Alex Irving, 2 John Thomson, 3 Clarence Wight, 4 Bill Carnochan, 5 Gavin Parker. Juniors – 1 Matthrew Burgess, 2, David Clark.

PIC CAP – The trophy winners with Matthew Burgess at the front with James Baird, left along with champion Alex Irving and Karen Baird. Reserve champion Brian Wilson is second from right.