Melton fatstock show continues to thrive after nearly 70 years

Jonathan Thompson, of Stainby House Farm, with his champion beast at this year's Melton Christmas Fatstock Show EMN-190412-120346001
Jonathan Thompson, of Stainby House Farm, with his champion beast at this year's Melton Christmas Fatstock Show EMN-190412-120346001
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It started a year before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II but 67 years on there is still great affection for Melton’s annual Christmas Fatstock Show.

The event, at Melton Livestock Market, features a mix of top quality animals being shown and sold, floral art and competitions showcasing some of the best local produce, from cakes and curds to sausages and Melton pork pies.

John Wallwin, chairman of Colston Bassett Dairy, which had success in the cheese classes EMN-190412-121419001

John Wallwin, chairman of Colston Bassett Dairy, which had success in the cheese classes EMN-190412-121419001

Tuesday’s 67th edition of the Melton and Belvoir Agricultural Society show saw plenty of success again for local farmers and food producers on another busy day at the market.

Hugh Brown, who is CEO of the market and chairman of the society, told the Melton Times: “It’s been another fantastic turnout this year.

“It’s a special year for the market with this being our 150th anniversary show and it’s nice to see the fatstock show is as popular as ever.”

Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, presented the trophies and he commented during the event: “As a rural councillor myself, this is what Melton is all about.

Andrina Terzza with her entry which won best floral exhibit in show EMN-190412-121408001

Andrina Terzza with her entry which won best floral exhibit in show EMN-190412-121408001

“It is wonderful to see such a thriving market today and there has been some lovely food in the fatstock show.”

Champion beast this year was a limousin bull shown by Stainby’s Jonathan Thompson, who won the coveted Brownlow Challenge Cup and a cash prize of £400.

Robert West took home the prizes for best pen of three continental lambs (both under and over 42kg) to continue an impressive six-year winning streak.

Mr West, who works for JF Burbidge of Collyweston, said: “It’s always prestigious to win a show like this because when we sell the lambs the butcher can display a rosette to show they are prize-winning animals.”

Robert West with his champion pen of lambs at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120421001

Robert West with his champion pen of lambs at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120421001

Across the market in the exhibition hall, the prizes were being given out for floral art, with Melton resident Andrina Terzza’s entry being named best in show.

Andrina said: “I built the display around an angel and she inspired me to create it.”

It was a good year for the Colston Bassett and District Dairy, which scooped the trophies for best two Stilton cheeses and best midland cheese, Clawson Dairy finishing runner-up in both categories.

Walkers Charnwood Bakery won four of the five pork pie classes with Oakham-based Leesons Butchers taking the other.

Ian Heircock, master piemaker at Walkers Charnwood Bakery, celebrates the company winning four of the five pork pie classes EMN-190412-121430001

Ian Heircock, master piemaker at Walkers Charnwood Bakery, celebrates the company winning four of the five pork pie classes EMN-190412-121430001

Mick Thompson, who is 80, was delighted to pick up the trophy for best selection of speciality pork sausages on behalf of Grasmere Farm, of Deeping St James.

He joked: “I’m supposed to be retired so it’s lovely to win it.”

There was plenty of delicious food on show in the home baking categories, with Goadby Marwood’s Elaine Holmes winning first prize for best six mince pies.

Janet Seston, of Edwinstowe, was judged to have the best home baking exhibit, as well as winning the classes for best Christmas-themed cake, lemon curd and chutney.

One of the produce judges, Matthew O’Callaghan, said: “We had some really excellent pies in particular and it was another difficult year for the judges to choose the winners.”

The best pen of pigs at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120358001

The best pen of pigs at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120358001

Karin Handley, of Grasmere Farm, receives the trophy for best selection of six pork sausages from society chair Hugh Brown, society president David Shelton and Mayor of Melton, Malise Graham EMN-190412-121442001

Karin Handley, of Grasmere Farm, receives the trophy for best selection of six pork sausages from society chair Hugh Brown, society president David Shelton and Mayor of Melton, Malise Graham EMN-190412-121442001

Livestock is auctioned off at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120410001

Livestock is auctioned off at the fatstock show EMN-190412-120410001