In the Dairy and Cheese championships at the Great Yorkshire Show new cups were presented in honour of two of the most important and renowned people in the development of the industry, nationally and locally.

The Dave Hartley Memorial Trophy was awarded for the Supreme Champion Dairy Produce, and was presented to Longley Farm, in Holmfirth, for its blackcurrant yoghurt. Mr Hartley was the driving force behind the renowned Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. He died in 2020 aged 58 after a battle with cancer. The award was collected by Longley Farm owner Jimmy Dickinson.

The trophy marks Mr Hartley's dedication to the industry. In 1992 he had been instrumental in the buyout which saved the creamery and was heavily involved in its regeneration as one of the leading cheesemakers in Britain.

The Judy Bell Memorial Trophy for the Supreme Champion Cheese was presented to Dewlay Cheesemakers of Garstang for their Creamy Lancashire.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Nick Kenyon with Judy Bell's daughters being presented with the trophy

Judy was one of the best known independent cheesemakers in the UK, setting up and running the famous Shepherds Purse Cheeses, near Thirsk.

She was a pharmacist before launching Shepherds Purse in 1988 to diversify the family farm and boost income, and ran the famous artisan creamery until 2012 when she handed the reins to daughters Caroline Bell and Katie Matten. She was Chief Cheese Steward for many years and a passionate supporter of the show and the industry.

Judy won many accolades during her time as a cheesemaker and as an advocate for independent business and Yorkshire food and drink, including World Cheese Awards Super Golds and The Guild of Fine Food Lifetime Achievement Award at the Great Taste event. She was also presented with an MBE for her services to the industry.