An incredible price of £840 for a single Mule wether lamb
was achieved at a charity auction at Skipton Auction Mart – mind
you, it was bought and sold no less than four times!
Members of Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’
are joined by the show sponsor, judge,
title winners, Manorlands
fund-raiser and the
champion lamb at the Skipton charity show and
Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association came
up with the novel idea of staging the charity show and sale at
Skipton (Wed, Dec 12) in aid of Manorlands, the Sue Ryder Care
Hospice at Oxenhope, Keighley.
The initiative proved an overwhelming success, netting a whopping £2,044
after a total of 26 Mule wether lambs were donated for sale by
association members and other local farmers - a gesture warmly
supported by the generosity of ringside bidders and spontaneous
The show champion, chosen by judge James Dewhurst, of Lothersdale,
was exhibited by Ken and Martin Throup, of Woofa Bank Farm, Silsden
Moor, who received a newly commissioned shield presented by show
sponsor Chris Pearson, of Ingleton-based Pearson Farm Supplies.
It was sold first by auctioneer John Hanson to Michael Spensley,
of Gargrave, for £360, who then pitched it back for resale.
Two other successful bidders followed suit – Skipton regular
Les Thackray, of Mickley, Ripon, at £200, and show sponsor
Chris Pearson for £180.
The victor finally found a home with Arthur Maude, of Bradley,
who paid £100, in itself a very tidy sum.
Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association chairman
John Mawson presented the cheque to Manorlands fund-raiser Andrew
Wood. Both thanked all who had contributed towards the tremendous
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