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Last Wednesday in July... the Show must go on!

Today's tractor parade

THE last Wednesday in July is Stranraer Show day but Coronavirus had a say this year and – although Stranraer & Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society hung on as long as possible – forced cancellation. All was not lost, though, as there was a virtual show and a very real parade of modern and vintage vehicles through Stranraer. Among those taking part in the virtual event was MSP Emma Harper, who recorded a video update on the progress of her Holyrood Bill designed to tackle livestock attacks. Miss Harper said she has been a regular at the London Road Playing Fields for the show since she was a youngster growing up at Colfin Farm near the Lochans. In the ‘Tour of Trade Stands' video, put online by the show organisers, Miss Harper highlighted her Livestock Worrying Bill, which attempts to make the law around livestock attacks clearer and more concise. “It is unfortunate that the cattle and agricultural shows have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 pandemic. However, I applaud the organisers of the Stranraer Show in that they have made the innovative decision to go online. “I also understand the importance of cattle and agricultural shows to the agricultural community. Many I have spoken to have told me about how the agriculture shows allow for people to connect face-to-face, something the busy life of farming often doesn't allow for. “I look forward to attending the cattle show again next year – hopefully in its traditional format.”

<< back Published: 29 Jul 2020, 16:25

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