The inaugural Lancashire Game and Country Festival
PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 November 2015
Lancashire’s Game Festival looks like becoming an established annual event in the region’s outdoor calendar after a highly successful first show.
2015 Lancashire Game and Country Festival
Kath Marriott with Luka
One of the many canine competitions
Jade Neville with Lexi
Sharon Connery and Michael Simpkinson with pets Woody and Stella
Gary Lakey with Ross, Kim and Sam
The Vale of Lune hounds ready for the show
Kerian Barnes and the owl display
Ian Routh with Pets in Therapy dog Brehz
Craftsman Geoff Whitley
Woodcarver Mick Priestley
Graham Kirkham, of Mrs Kirkhams Cheeses
One of the many food stands
John Entwhistle, of Mr Fitzpatricks Cordials
The team from Honeywells Meats
Sharpshooter Lucy Marsden (far right) with parents Mathew and Sue and sister Holly
Angela Heyes and Patricia Parker, Briercliffe Nurseries
The weekend event, supported by Lancashire Life, attracted visitors from across the north, many keen to show support for the region’s game industry.
Despite damp weather on the opening day, Scorton showground welcomed thousands who saw a range of events from clay pigeon shooting to terrier racing. It was also a chance to showcase many aspects of the local game industry – including shooting, fishing and gundogs – as well as attracting some of the top sporting brands and leading industry bodies.
There were also countryside crafts, artisan food stalls and game cooking demonstrations. Lancashire Life’s marquee had Fleetwood animal artist Katie Hampson available to paint portraits of the many dogs brought to the festival.
Co-organiser Paul Whittingham said: ‘For a first show, it was very successful. There hasn’t been anything quite like this in Lancashire and we will certainly be doing it again.’ In fact, the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016, has already been fixed.