Alan claims show’s inaugural award
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.