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New Skipton Machinery Show a Runaway Success
05/03/08

The first-ever Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment, coupled with animal health care products, proved such a resounding success that organisers are now looking to make it an annual event in the northern calendar.

Crowds gather for the machinery parade

Crowds gather for the machinery parade

Around 1,000 people flocked to the inaugural show at Skipton Auction Mart (Tuesday, Feb 26), one of the biggest events of its kind to be held in the region and the brainchild of two independent local companies - agricultural machinery and equipment specialist Guy Machinery, based at the auction mart, and animal health products specialist Pearsons Farm Supplies, of West Marton.

One of the highlights was a grand parade featuring the latest machinery, including tractors, mowers, balers, all-terrain vehicles, telehandlers and tankers, with running commentary provided by manufacturers’ representatives.

A charity auction in aid of the Leeds-based Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, supported by proceeds from a licensed bar, is confidently expected to raise around £5,000.

Guy Machinery and Pearsons Farm Supplies, generously supported by their suppliers, put up the prizes for the charity auction and prize draw.

A trip to Valtra Tractors’ main production unit in Finland was knocked down to farm manager David Pighills, of Bolton Abbey, while a bid from Guy Machinery’s managing director Graham Guy secured a quad bike experience day on offer from ATV specialist Can-Am at its facility in North Wales.

Visitors were able to try out the latest equipment, view animal handling and feeding systems, and a mobile sheep race new to the UK. Some 60 trade stands set up stall to showcase their wares.

Graham Guy said: “The first show proved a runaway success, reinforcing our belief that it fills a void in events of this nature in the North of England.”

Pearsons Farm Supplies’ Chris Pearson commented: “Feedback was so positive that we will now look to make it an annual event, again incorporating the charity angle.”

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