Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.

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Last week I met with Traders of the Charter Market to discuss issues they are having with new street furniture and potential loss of pitches as a result of the work on the Square Routes scheme.

Although I obviously welcome improvements to our city and think the new stage on Market Square is a marked improvement – I do feel we have to recognise the value of our local market and the extra trade that it brings into the city centre.

There are going to be consultations between traders and the council which I hope will result in a satisfactory plan.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get up to Abbeystead for the Over Wyresdale Horticultural Society’s annual Produce, Handicraft and Livestock Show.

This show which is now in its 73rd year continues to be a great attraction and is always a very enjoyable afternoon out.

Although the weather wasn’t has good as it has been over the last few weeks the livestock exhibition seemed as popular as in previous years and the produce and handicraft show certainly had a good number of entries.

I was particularly impressed with the entries in the photography competition, as well as the vegetable entries – my favourite probably being the onions which to my untrained eye seemed particularly large this year. Well done to everyone who entered – the entries clearly showed what a talented bunch you are.

I also had time to call in to the Galgate Gaslight Show to see the displays of arts and crafts, photography, fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods and jams and preserves.

The show which is now in its 153rd year continues to grow and I was really impressed by the number of entries this year.

Obviously with so many high-quality entries this year, across all categories it is difficult to pick a favourite – particularly when local councillor and present Mayor Susie Charles ended up with three winning entries in the Rose section.

As always my thanks to all the entrants and to the organisers who make this show such a success.