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The best of the country in the heart of the city

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

  • Sisters Sarah and Tessa Phillips, from Mylor, with their winning pair of butcher's lambs.

  • Jonathan McCulloch, from Truro, with his pumpkin that won him a first prize at the Truro Primestock Show.

  • Pam Williams, from Presingoll Farm, St Agnes, with her prize- winning exhibit in the flower-arrangement for a side table category.

  • Sheila Sleeman, from Carnon Downs, with her honey that won the best medium class.

  • Steward Sheila Sleeman and judge Mike Leverton inspecting some honey at the Truro Primestock Show.

  • Spectators at the Truro Primestock Show.

  • Clare Withers, from Probus, with Olga Polizzi and the local champion at the show.

  • Sisters Sarah and Tessa Phillips from Mylor with their winning pair of butchers lambs at the Truro Primestock Show.

  • Stanley Matthews and Lizzie Hotten with the cup their ancestors won in 1904.

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"TERRIFIC" cattle and giant pumpkins were on show at the 111th Truro Primestock show.

The opportunity to see the best of the countryside in the heart of the city attracted hundreds of people to Truro's Lemon Quay.

Judges were impressed by the quality of produce on display.

Clive Davis, from Kidderminster in the Midlands had to pick the supreme champion, and said: "What a terrific set of cattle, I'm extremely impressed with all of them.

"One animal has stood out and led a very strong class."

Mr Davis named Rick and Ivor Cobbledick, from Warbstow near Launceston, as winners of the coveted supreme champion title with their heifer Amber, later purchased at the show auction by Chris Dale, of Helston, for £2,314.

Nigel and Oliver Penellum, from Illogan, took the prize for reserve champion with Kerenza 2nd, a south Devon heifer.

Neil Phillips, from Restronguet, took the sheep supreme champion title with a pair of texel lambs.

A Truro resident from a farming family has kept winning silverware in the family from more than a century ago.

Elizabeth Hotten brought a silver cup with her to primestock that was first won by her grandfather Christian Hotten in 1904.

She and her cousin Stanley Matthews, from Nankervis Farm at Ladock, have been to hundreds of primestock shows between them.

Mrs Hotten's grandfather won the award at the third Truro Primestock show, then known as fatstock, for "best pen of sheep fed on their cakes and meals".

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