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Ploughing match was not washout despite the rain
11:40am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
SOME resourceful thinking and an unexpected blast from the past helped prevent Ledbury Ploughing Society’s annual ploughing match from being a total washout.
The event was due to be held at Bowley Lane, in Bosbury, on Sunday, October 7, but had to be called off at late notice due to heavy rainfall.
But, although no-one was able to take to the fields, the society’s Ladies Section sprung into action and re-arranged their part of the show to take place at Pugh’s Auction Room, in Ledbury.
Eden Hazard, of Ledbury Ploughing Society, said: “It would have been a shame for all the hard work that had gone into preparing the record number of entries had gone to waste and the show proved to be very successful.”
A highlight of the event was an unexpected visitor, Mr A J Gammond, who had travelled to Ledbury from Bicester, turned up proudly clutching a “Certificate of Merit for Ploughing”
that was awarded to his father at the 1912 Ledbury Ploughing Match, held in Much Marcle.
Ledbury Ploughing Society’s first annual match was held in 1978 and, allowing for war years where no competition took place, this year’s match would have been the 100th to take place.