An audience of over 200 gathered at Stafford’s County Showground on Sunday 31st March to see the organisers of the annual Eccleshall Show receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award was presented by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ.
The guests included civic dignitaries, sponsors, judges and the volunteers who have helped to stage the show over the years and representatives of the local organisations who have a presence at the show.
After welcoming everyone to the event, Show Chairman Edward Lambert introduced Peter Titley, past Chairman and Vice President of the Show Society who managed in less than half an hour to give the guests a potted history of the Show since its inception in 1947. He interviewed farmer Brian Cartmail from Knightley who remembers competing on his pony at the very first show, and also the all-important heads of various sections – Horticulture and Craft, Classic Cars, Equestrian and the Dog Show, who all gave an insight into their involvement and how the show entries have increased over the years.
The Lord Lieutenant presented the awards, firstly the certificate to Chairman Edward Lambert, then the crystal trophy to President Robert Cartmail and his daughter, Secretary Mary Cartmail.
Following a speech by the Lord Lieutanant, a vote of thanks was proposed by Robert Cartmail. Emphasising the need to keep encouraging the younger generation to become involved with the show, Mr Cartmail invited his granddaughter Elodie Wilkinson to present a bouquet to Mrs Dudson, and the Chairman’s children, Vinnie and Edith Lambert to present crystal glasses to Mr Dudson.
The guests then enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea whilst reminiscing about shows past and doubtless planning those to come.