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Appeal for help to keep Latheron Show going


By Jean Gunn

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The trophy winners from the last Latheron Show in 2019 at the presentation evening and dance in the Portland Hotel, Lybster. Picture: T Ross.
The trophy winners from the last Latheron Show in 2019 at the presentation evening and dance in the Portland Hotel, Lybster. Picture: T Ross.

Latheron Agricultural Society is looking for community support to continue its popular agricultural show and run a scaled-down version of the event this year.

If Covid guidelines allow, the organising committee hope to run a smaller show on Saturday, July 9, 2022, and are keen to know if this is something people would want and if there would be demand for the event's continuation.

The Latheron Show was established in 1911, and has been running for over 100 years, however there have only been 96 show days. Due to the pandemic the popular local event has not been held since 2019 – this year would be the 97th show.

Isla Miller with the 2019 reserve supreme horse champion, Clydesdale champion Stobilee Zac, a seven-year-old gelding owned by Brian Bisset, Brough. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Isla Miller with the 2019 reserve supreme horse champion, Clydesdale champion Stobilee Zac, a seven-year-old gelding owned by Brian Bisset, Brough. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

As one of the biggest parishes in Scotland, the committee are keen to find help and support from the community, whether it is as a member or a helper on the run up to the event or just on the show day. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Anyone interested in showing their support would be made welcome at the society's AGM on Wednesday, February 9, at the Bowling Hall, Lybster, at 7.30pm.

Over the years the Latheron Show has seen many presidents with the first being Donald Mackay, Thurso, from 1911 to 1923, while William Mackenzie, Latheronwheel Mains, took on the role for the next nine years, followed by John Gunn, Lybster Mains, the longest running president, who was at the helm of the show for 31 years, from 1933 to 1964.

John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, took the reserve supreme sheep championship in 2019 with his Texel champion, a home-bred gimmer by Cornmore Ace. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, took the reserve supreme sheep championship in 2019 with his Texel champion, a home-bred gimmer by Cornmore Ace. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

For the following 10 year Mr F A Macgregor, Latheron Mains, took on the task, then Donald Sutherland, Houstry, presided for a couple of years before Alex Bain, Smerlie, began a six year stint from 1978 to 1983. After that most presidents served a period of two years, with some coming back to the role after having a break.

The current president is Raymond Gunn, of West Clyth Farm, who has taken on the job on a number of occasions. He first stepped up to the post in 1988-1989, returning 10 years later for another four shows and came back again to preside at the last two events in 2018 and 2019.

Contact can be made via the Latheron Show Facebook page or by email: latheron.society@yahoo.com


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