Buttermere Show

BE a bit rougher, dad," was the call from a young voice in the crowd at the Buttermere Show last weekend. But the cry came too late and dad - Mr Grove as the commentator called him - thumped into the ground in his pristine fawn trousers. Buttermere is essentially a sheep show and to add insult to injury, he landed in some of the evidence of that. Fortunately, he then shaped up well to win the third prize-money.

"That'll do for the cleaning bill," said Alf on the mike.

In the meantime, the final of the Locals event was what passes for an international match in those parts: Borrowdale versus Buttermere. The Borrowdale man was the compact and wiry Jonny Bland, just back from the fell race in which he came second. The local opposition, Andrew Nicholson, did not exactly have the physique to run up a mountain but he had won both the Herdwick and Swaledale Championships in the sheep show and had the forearms and shoulders you get from handling horned sheep every day. Nicholson won the day, with his extra weight and power, but Bland, a Borrowdale farmer, went on to wrestle up in the two open events, facing Andrew Carlile in the 12 stones and David Barnes, of Dearham, in the All Weights. Tom Harrington had no hesitation in awarding Bland his trophy for the best performance. The first prizes all went to trained wrestlers: Daniel and Jack Ewart, Andrew Carlile and David Barnes, who are regulars at Carlisle Wrestling Club in the winter months, but the main applause went deservedly to the local lads and men who did themselves credit.


Under-12 Years 1, D Ewart; 2, K Plaskett; 3, E Grove;

Under-15 Years 1, J Ewart; 2, T J Kearney; 3, S Kennedy;

Under-18 Years 1, D Barnes; 2, J Ewart; 3, C O'Fee;

Locals: 1, A Nicholson; 2, J Bland; 3, A Grove;

12½st 1, A Carlile; 2, J Bland; 3, N Hardisty;

All Weights 1, D Barnes; 2, J Bland; 3, A Carlile.


Wednesday October 27 at 7.45pm - Carlisle Wrestling Club at Currock House (tel 016974 73559 for details).

Friday October 29 - Wrestling Association presentation dinner. Tickets from board members.

Written by © Roger Robson. Photographs by © Roger Robson, Julian Richardson or Linda Scott (May 4th 2011)

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