Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show – 8th August 2018
Nestled deep in the North York Moors National Park, but only eight miles from the delightful seaside town of Whitby, is the picturesque village of Egton Bridge, a small settlement alongside the tranquil River Esk and owing its name to the coming of the railway in the nineteenth century.
But stretching further back than the arrival of the railway, and now being one of only two remaining such organisations in the country, the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society looks forward eagerly to its annual staging of the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show. This is the venue for World Record attempts! Past entrants, Kelvin Archer and Bryan Nellist have both been winners of such and Bryan’s Woodpecker Berry of 2009, weighing in at exactly 35 drams (62 grams) is the heaviest ever entered into the competition.
The show, which takes place on the first Tuesday in August (this year, the 8th August) is the oldest surviving show and was established back in 1800.
Friendly rivalry ensues!
The 2017 show saw some excellent entries – but no records – and was a tale of two local growers, the seven-times defending champion Graeme Watson of nearby Ainthorpe and maiden entrant Trevor Legg of Roxby. It was a well-fought and close competition, but Graeme clinched his eighth title.
What better way to immerse yourself in the traditions and friendliness of the Yorkshire countryside than coming along and enjoying the fun? Gates open to the public at 2pm, music plays throughout the afternoon and prize-giving takes place at 6pm.
Egton Bridge boasts two pubs, some lovely countryside walks and a delightful set of stepping stones – (because we’re all children at heart!).
Contributed by Chris Redman – Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide
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