Show anniversary sparks appeal for nostalgic photos

The proud  Hull farmily with livestock  at a Garstang show from yesteryear
The proud Hull farmily with livestock at a Garstang show from yesteryear

A picture tells a thousand words – and that’s why the Garstang Show committee is on the look out for photographs from past shows as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations.

It’s not just about taking a trip down Memory Lane, says show secretary Melissa Wood.

Photographs provide a valuable record of cultural change – and when it comes to rural life there’s certainly been plenty of that over the last two centuries

“Photographs provide a valuable record of cultural change – and when it comes to rural life there’s certainly been plenty of that over the last two centuries.

“So if anyone has any photographs taken at previous Garstang Shows, in particular those that really illustrate how life in the countryside has changed, we’d love to see them and to post them on our web-site and possibly use them on our special display on show day on August 1,” said Melissa.

Agriculture and life in the countryside has been through huge changes over the last 200 years and photographs provide the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how farmers have risen to the challenges of modern food production.

Dairy farming has always been the bedrock of farming in this part of Lancashire and after the war a cow giving 1,000 gallons was considered a good milker while one giving 2,000 gallons was exceptional.

The best of today’s milkers are producing almost three times as much as they were 60 years ago – but the breeds have changed too.

“Any photos that show the type of dairy cows that were being shown over the last 50 years would be very welcome,” said Melissa.

And farmers’ needs for power have also changed.

Once it was up to heavy horses to produce the pulling power needed on the land and Garstang Show was a very popular gathering for many noted breeders keen to exhibit their best horses.

The Fylde was known for its Shire horses.

“Photos of any of the Shire horse winners of yesteryear are sure to be a firm favourite,” added Melissa.

If you can help call 07867313346 or email info@garstangshow.org