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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Site of Bardsea agricultural show to go under hammer

THE field used for a popular agricultural show is being auctioned six weeks before this summer’s event – but organisers have confirmed the show will go ahead as planned.

The Bardsea showfield, near Ulverston, the site for the North Lonsdale Agricultural Show for the past 25 years, is going up for public auction on June 14.

North Lonsdale’s 2012 show day will be held at its traditional venue on July 25 as usual, as there is an agreement included as part of the land sale.

But depending on the outcome of the auction, the show may have to find a new home after this year.

Landowners the Towers family have been staunch supporters of the show over the years, giving use of their fields, and they are also involved in the North Lonsdale Agricultural Society’s committee.

Harrison Coward is auctioning the site, which is being advertised as “agricultural and accommodation land”, at County Auction Rooms in Ulverston.

The land, consisting of around 50 acres, is being sold in five lots. It includes prime meadow, pasture and arable land forming part of Town End Farm, Bardsea.

Landowner Mark Towers, of Aldingham, said it is part of the purchasing conditions that whoever purchases the lots lets the show have use of the land this year.

Each year the North-West Evening Mail-sponsored North Lonsdale show attracts thousands of visitors.

There are classes exhibiting cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, rabbits, horticulture and crafts, as well as other entertainment, including birds of prey displays and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

Show chairman, Chris Tyson, said the organisers are gearing up for a great show day.

He said: “The show is going ahead on the field this year on July 25.”

Asked if the show would have to move to a new venue from 2013, he said: “It is a bit too early to say, we will have to wait and see what happens (at the auction).”

Mr Tyson said the Bardsea showfield is a “great venue” and it would be good if they could continue to use it.


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