In these times of tumultuous change from referendums, pollical upheaval, and debate about the common agricultural policy, one thing remains constant – Stranraer Show goes ahead on the last Wednesday of July.
The 172nd show at London Road Playing Fields was a resounding success, with thousands flocking through the gates to enjoy the fun.
The sun even peeped out from behind the clouds to welcome the colourful spectacle below, with sideshows such as vintage tractors and motorcycle stunt riders, but the stars were, as always, the livestock.
The animals on display were of outstanding quality, not just from Galloway but from all over the country, with competitors from the Highlands and Islands and the north of England making the journey to South-West Scotland.
For Galloway MP Richard Arkless, the cattle show is part of his heritage. He said: “For me, the cattle show, as I’ve always known it, has always been about more than just the farming community.
“The show brings the whole area together for a day, and it’s great fun for the whole family. And for the grown-ups, the town’s bars and restaurants continue to feel the benefit into the late hours.
“I’ve been going since I was a kid, and I’ve always loved it.”
Finlay Carson, Galloway’s representative in Holyrood, added: “I was pleased to be able to support the Stranraer Show and that it stayed dry.
“ There was a good crowd of people there, and throughout the day I met a number of constituents and discussed issues such as Brexit, agricultural support, Stranraer waterfront redevelopment, wind farms and puppy-trafficking.
“These local shows are very popular and are great days out for families. I look forward to attending the rest of them in the coming weeks”.
Show chairman Alan Ramsay said: “We were very lucky with the day. My thanks go to all the exhibitors for the display of livestock and to everyone for coming along and to the stewards for all their help. See you all again in 2017.”
Results and photographs on Pages 11, 12 and 13