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Sheepdog trials shine bright with Battle of Britain flypast and record crowds

The country’s oldest continuous sheepdog trials enjoyed its biggest turnout since before COVID.

Last updated on September 27th, 2023 at 11:37 am


sheepdogDignitaries including the Duke of Rutland and the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire enjoyed “one of the best competitions in years” along with the stunning addition of a Battle of Britain flypast.

Despite a two-hour delay due to thick fog on the second day, the three-day event went off without a hitch with blue skies for the Spitfire flying overhead.

Peter Clark, managing partner of the event’s newest sponsor, Graysons Solicitors of Hathersage, said:

“It’s a privilege to be involved with something as deeply rooted within the Hope Valley community as Longshaw Sheepdog Trials. We’re a family firm that’s keen to get involved with the local community, and this seemed a perfect fit. It was a great event, and we’re looking forward to it becoming a regular fixture in our calendar.”

The first Longshaw Sheepdog Trials was held way back in 1898, and by 1901 it was attracting crowds in excess of 3,000. Longshaw Sheepdog Trials has only ever been interrupted by the two world wars.

Thursday’s winner was Mr Steven Duckworth with Fleet from Haslingden near Rochdale.

Friday’s winner was Mr Frank Satterthwaite with Tweed from Brough in Cumbria.

Saturday’s winner was David Bristow with Moss from York.

A local class was won by Alex Wilkinson from Thurgoland. As well as winning the annual trophy he won and keeps the President’s Prize.

Graysons provides the Hope Valley Community with a full range of legal services, including estate and trust administration, wills, powers of attorney and lifetime planning, a bespoke private wealth service, Court of Protection, conveyancing and property, family law, personal injury, occupational injury and illness, and medical negligence.

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