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Guisborough girl wins to keep Stokesley show prize in family
A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl brought glory to her family at one of the area’s biggest agricultural shows this week – more than 30 years since her beloved aunt did the same.
And no-one was prouder than her aunt Gillian Forbes, who won the prestigious prize three years running in the late 1970s.
Melody’s father, John Fife, 47, explained his daughter won 12 first places in various handicraft and artistic endeavours, as well as nine second, two thirds and two highly commended placings.
Explaining Melody was up against some exceptional other entrants, he said the whole family were delighted that a Fife had once again had her name engraved on the trophy.
Mr Fife, who couldn’t resist pointing out he actually beat his big sister Gillian in the scones category back in her 1970s triumphs which is a long-standing family joke, said: “It was actually Gillian who saw she’d won. We were looking at other things and she (Gillian) came over and she kind of whispered, ‘you need to get into the tent now.’ When we walked into the tent and saw, Melody was just chuffed to bits and Gillian was absolutely bouncing. It was a fantastic moment for us. It was a lot of hard work from Melody. Our house has been like a bomb site!”
Gillian Forbes, of Yarm, also took the opportunity to mention the 30-year scone baking rivalry with her brother. She said: “My late mother, Win, would have been particularly thrilled having supported me as chief washer-up and mess-clearer. Melody’s parents, John and Lois, have taken on that job, as has my husband Mark. I would like to point out that I have beaten my brother in the scones category yet again this year and I am delighted for the Fife family name.”
Melody’s 12-year-old brother, Wesley, won in the watercolour painting category. John and Gillian Fife grew up in Great Ayton
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