Town excited as fatstock market returns after a century confined to the sidelines

2012 Winning Beast, a Limousin cross

2012 Winning Beast, a Limousin cross

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After more than 100 years cattle will return to the centre of a town as the livestock market returns for Christmas.

Fat cattle and sheep, ready for the Christmas table, will fill the Market Square in temporary pens.

The Winslow Christmas Prime Stock Show will be held on the morning of Monday, December 8, after the committee managed to successfully 
apply for all the necessary licences.

Secretary Pauline Claridge said: “We are so excited about it. I think it will be a great experience for everybody, bringing the farming life into the town again.

“We’ve all got a bit disassociated from where our food comes from.

“Everyone kept saying it couldn’t be done, but we’ve tried really hard and hopefully it will be a success.

“We have all the relevant licences, no roads will be closed. The shop keepers are so excited, they feel 
it will liven up the town centre.”

The committee members, made up of farmers, their wives and members of Edgcott and Winslow Young Farmers Club, will set up the livestock pens early on the morning of the sale, and will provide the manpower for handling the animals.

Livestock vehicles will be parked outside the town after unloading.

Judging of the show cattle and up to 200 sheep will take place from 10.30am, and the supreme champion will be presented with a rosette and sash.

Two auctioneers from Newark livestock market are coming to conduct the auction from noon.

Winslow history website makes reference to a livestock market being held in the town centre prior to 1875 when it moved to new premises in Wigley’s Yard.

When Winslow cattle market closed in 2007, the 
Christmas Prime Stock Show was held at nearby Foscote, run by Thame Farmers Market.

But when Foscote ceased trading in May, the future of the Winslow show looked set to be moved to Thame.

Mrs Claridge said: “We wanted to keep our show in our own area and so we decided to be totally independent.”