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Family to donate memorial plate
3:18pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Farming
A LASTING tribute is being paid to a farmer who was one of a small team that revived a sheep show absent from the agricultural scene for more than 100 years.
Michael Bell, who farmed at Cronkley, in Upper Teesdale, County Durham, died in June, aged 54.
Now his family have decided to donate a memorial plate in his name to the Langdon Beck sheep show being held at Forestin- Teesdale on Saturday.
It will be presented to the reserve open champion at the show.
“Michael was one of the small group of farmers who helped revive the show in 2000,” said show chairman and fellow farmer, Neville Bainbridge. “It’s fitting that his family wish him to be remembered in this way”.
Mr Bainbridge reported that entries in sheep classes this year were as healthy as ever.
“It’s very much business as normal,” he said.
Entries in the show’s photography section were particularly strong.
The show also features a popular quoits competition, a bouncy castle for the children and music by the Middleton-in-Teesdale Silver Band in the afternoon.
Judging in the sheep classes starts at 11am.
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