Praise – and crowds – for Askrigg’s village produce show

Askrigg village hall - show venue for three-quarters of a century

By Betsy Everett

Askrigg’s annual produce show drew a near-record number of entries and a paean of praise from its special guest, playwright and theatre director Nobby Dimon.

Opening the show, Nobby congratulated the organisers and exhibitors on the range and creativity of the entries in every class, from cookery to art, photography to flower arranging.

Askrigg and District Produce Show has been a bank holiday staple in the village hall for more than 75 years, a “manageable and friendly venue,” says chairman Mike Dechezeaux.

He thanked Nobby, until recently the artistic director of the much-missed North Country Theatre, for supporting the event, and the small group of volunteers who organise it.

“It is obvious from the exhibits that a great deal of time and effort is made by those who enter. Everyone who visited or took part was really complimentary and we were immensely pleased with a very enjoyable day,” he said.


Floral art, Liz Allen: Horticulture, Andrew Craske: Roses, Rhian Liddell: Vegetables, Karen Jones: Eggs, Roland Hodgson: Preserves, Liz Connelly: Tipples, Leslie Kettlewell: Home cookery, Neil McNair: Handicrafts, Rhian Liddell: Art, Carol Tyler: Photography, joint winners Karen Jones and Christine Hallas. Pre-school children’s prize, Ada Middleton: Mayor’s Shield for infants, Jo Hodgson: Banks’s Award for junior boys, Willis Reilly: Kings Award for junior girl, Alice Metcalfe. Highest scoring exhibitor, Karen Jones: Best guest, Maureen Penrose: Best guest child, Ryan Bonham: Best in show for Handicraft, Maureen Penrose. Best local child’s entry, Alice Metcalfe.

Every one a winner.
Nobby Dimon, left, with Mike Dechezeaux.
Exhibitors Rhian Liddell, left, and Karen Sorsby.