Showing cattle is a family affair
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.