Alan claims show’s in­au­gu­ral award

Southern Riverina news - - 2018 BERRIGAN SHOW - By James Ben­nett

Alan Lawrence is best known in the re­gion for his skill in show­ing birds, and as a chief stew­ard for the Ber­ri­gan Show’s poul­try sec­tion for more than 20 years.

It is for this com­mit­ment that Mr Lawrence was sur­prised at Sun­day’s event, be­ing named Ber­ri­gan Show’s in­au­gu­ral re­cip­i­ent of the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of NSW Agri­cul­tural Shows Award.

Mr Lawrence said it was a great thrill to be the first win­ner of the award dis­trib­uted by the Ber­ri­gan Show.

‘‘This is a shock, a to­tal shock,’’ Mr Lawrence said.

‘‘I’ve been part of the poul­try (show­ing) at the Ber­ri­gan Show since I was 14 years old and I’m 64 now, so it’s been a long time.

‘‘When I started the stew­ards were Pat Rus­sell and Toby and Lance Prosser.

‘‘Peo­ple do­nate a lot of their time to vol­un­teer­ing, and a lot of them here to­day have put in so much ef­fort to make this show pos­si­ble.

‘‘With­out these vol­un­teers we wouldn’t have such a great show and other events in the lo­cal com­mu­nity ev­ery year.

‘‘To ev­ery­body else who re­ceived an award for vol­un­teer­ing, please keep it up oth­er­wise we won’t have a show.

‘‘I’d like to thank the Ber­ri­gan A&H So­ci­ety for the award and Jenny Cong­don for the last seven years of help­ing with the poul­try.’’

Ber­ri­gan A&H So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Neville Dal­gliesh said he was proud to see Mr Lawrence recog­nised for his long stand­ing com­mit­ment to the an­nual event.

‘‘When we started putting names to­gether he was prob­a­bly the most de­serv­ing per­son with­out a life mem­ber­ship to present the award to,’’ he said.

Alan Lawrence (mid­dle) re­ceiv­ing his RASNSW Agri­cul­tural Shows Award from RAS am­bas­sador Tim Green and Maicie Close.

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