From the Darlington & Stockton Times of November 5, 1921

LIFE was returning to normal 100 years ago after the First World War with the Vale of Mowbray Ploughing and Hedge Cutting Association holding a full programme of competitions at Oak Tree Farm at Burneston, near Bedale.

“Last year, the committee were only in a position to run hedging and root-growing competitions as a first post-war programme,” said the D&S Times, “but on Thursday, the old position was regained.”

Indeed, it was improved upon, because two new competitions were held: horse racing and tractor ploughing.

“Competition in the tractor ploughing was somewhat upset by the rule that the tractor had to be driven by a farmer, his son, or man in his regular employ,” said the D&S. J Dixon of Darlington won with J Weighell of Walworth second.

Prizes were presented at the evening’s dinner at the Woodman Inn in Burneston.

The Woodman Inn at Burneston, near Bedale, where the celebratory dinner was held 100 years ago after the Vale of Mowbray Ploughing and Hedge Cutting Associations day of competition

The Woodman Inn at Burneston, near Bedale, where the celebratory dinner was held 100 years ago after the Vale of Mowbray Ploughing and Hedge Cutting Association's day of competition

W Fawcett of Marton won the horsedrawn ploughing; JH Lightfoot of Thrintoft won the ploughboy competition; J Musgrave of Sutton was champion hedgecutter while W Simpson’s horse Black Hill won the one-and-a-half mile steeplechase.

IN Northallerton 100 years ago, a horse belonging to Robert Farrows, of New Row, had been unyoked in Black Swan yard when a child set off a firework causing it to bolt.

“It dashed across the main street into the plate glass window of Messrs Russells and Sons,” said the D&S. “The shop window was filled with pipes, tobacco etc. The horse, apparently blind, dashed clean through the front plate glass window and also through the glass frame behind, getting its fore feet into the shop. The horse was badly cut. About £40 damage, covered by insurance, was done.”