Show­ing cat­tle is a fam­ily af­fair

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A PAIR of teenage sib­lings took part in their first adult live­stock han­dling cat­e­gories at this year’s East of Eng­land show.

Ed­ward (18) and Alice (17) Robin­son, of WH Robin­sons and Sons, in Stock­hill Lodge, El­ton, both pa­raded cat­tle in the two-year-old heifer sec­tion of the English Na­tional Charo­lais Show.

Their mother, Sue Robin­son, said it was un­usual to see two young­sters tak­ing part in the event - par­tic­u­larly some­one as young as her daugh­ter.

The fam­ily has been show­ing cat­tle at lo­cal shows for the past four years.

She said: “Alice has her own heifer, which she re­ally en­joys look­ing af­ter.

“It’s like a hobby for her. The pair of them sort them out them­selves. They do all of the muck­ing out as well as the show­ing.

“They would do this ev­ery week if they could. It’s quite un­usual to see peo­ple of their age in this cat­e­gory, but they will both also be do­ing the young han­dlers sec­tion as well.”

Alice, who pa­raded her heifer Stock­hill Donut, said: “I re­ally en­joyed tak­ing part and it’s some­thing I want to do again in the fu­ture.”

How­ever, the pair were not the only teenagers to have played an ac­tive role on the day’s pro­ceed­ings.

Around 30 young­sters, aged be­tween 12 and 18, from Thomas Dea­con Academy Con­cert Band en­ter­tained the crowds with a stun­ning or­ches­tral per­for­mance on the Plaza Stage.

They per­formed two sets for their show au­di­ence, which in­cluded songs such as their own vari­a­tion of Michael Jack­son’s Thriller.

Head of mu­sic per­for­mance at the school, in Queen’s Gar­dens, Peter­bor­ough, Richard Phillips was de­lighted with his pupils’ per­for­mance.

He also said that it worked as the per­fect prepa­ra­tion for a per­for­mance later this year at Dis­ney­land Paris.

He added: “It’s been a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren. It’s good to get out and do some per­form­ing.

“We are off to Paris to play at Dis­ney­land so that’s the next per­for­mance we need to get ready for. It’s great for the pupils to per­form at a venue like this.”

Other per­for­mances on the stage came from Stam­ford En­dowed Schools.

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