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Saturday, June 23, 2012
One of the longest-established dog shows will be marking a special birthday at the Royal Norfolk Show.
And the society’s chairman, Ernie Tweddell, will be helping in his 38th annual show.
It was exactly 80 years ago the show show became part of the 1932 Royal Norfolk Show, which was staged at Crown Point on the southern edge of Norwich. Two years later, the Norfolk & Norwich Canine Society was formed, the successor to the Norfolk Kennel Club.
Over the two days at the Norfolk showground, a well-known championship judge, Robin Newhouse, of Cheshire, will be invited to select the best in show from the 871 dogs and the 1,316 entries.
Mr Tweddell said that the society was delighted to retain the recognition as a premier show, although entries were down on previous years.
“It has been very tough for top dog shows up and down the country, but we’ve able to attract support across most classes,” he added.
Highlights include a huge entry of whippets, he added. “On the second day, a total of 43 whippets will be judged, normally it is about 30. And others on the first day which are proving popular include a good entry of 45 golden retrievers, and 15 Nova Scotia duck-tolling retrievers will also be judged.”
Other new classes include Boston Terriers, while Norfolk terriers retain a good presence with 11 forward. Other categories include Bedlington Terriers with 10 and 22 Border Terriers.
Working, pastoral and gundogs will be judged on Wednesday with the hounds, terriers, toy and utility on the second day.
Judging starts at 10am but the public are welcome from 9.30am.
An additional long service award will be presented on the president’s lawn at 11.45am on Thursday to farmworker David Hawes, of Home Farm, Crimplesham, near Downham Market, who has worked at Barton Bendish. He has completed 48 years for Albanwise Farming, based at Saxlingham, near Holt.
Norfolk turkey giant Bernard Matthews is in talks to sell a stake in the business.