For the first time in several years, the Saddleworth Show was blessed with great weather, which of course has a major impact on the results.
Our experiences last year at the new venue, Saddleworth School, helped us to tailor this years event to make maximum use of the facilities, and further cement our relationship with the school. Once again, the cooperation of the headteacher, staff and pupils helped to ease the problems of organising such a huge, two-day event.
The show followed its usual format, a wide range of events such as falconry, dry-stone walling, donkey rides, llamas, a fairground, numerous food outlets, trade stands, charity stalls and a craft section. However, it is important to innovate to keep the event fresh, and this year saw two major ‘firsts’. First, a major attraction for young people was a circus ‘big-top’.
Perhaps a relatively small big-top, but nevertheless a big-top. Circus Sensible gave two performances each day, and also provided circus work-shops when not performing. Then, aimed more at the adult visitors, a star attraction was Steve Davis, who took on all-comers at pool, proceeds of this item going to Kershaw’s Hospice.
Steve’s attendance was kindly organised by one of our main sponsors, A.W.C. Home Improvements. Apart from showing his skills, Steve was a wonderful ambassador, happily posing for photographs, etc.
Mel Farrar’s music festival was once again popular, building on its first outing last year.
The overall success of the show lies in the service it gives to the community, providing great entertainment to the public over two days, and attracting thousands of visitors to the area who also boost the local economy. But it also exposes these visitors to Rotary, albeit obliquely rather than an overt presence.
The sight of many Rotary members in their tabards couldn’t fail to impress. As last year, although the show was organised jointly by the Rotary Clubs of Saddleworth and Oldham Metro, we again had great support from local clubs, and a wonderful turnout of District Officers, including the new District Governor Ged and his Lady, Carolyne.
Of course, another purpose of the show is to raise funds for the organising clubs. Although final accounts are not yet prepared, it appears that the profits total about £20,000, which will benefit many worthy causes. This in addition to considerable sums raised by individual charity stalls present over the weekend.
Pictured top tp bottom : Oldham Metro President Jim Matthews on traffic duty at 7:00 a.m.
Wood carving with a chain-saw
District Governor Ged, on duty with Carolyne and Wood carving with a chain-saw