Langwathby leek club members top all previous successes

Date: Saturday 27th September 1997

MEMBERS of the Shepherds Inn Leek Club, Langwathby, had their best ever show on Saturday since the inception of the event 10 years ago.

Secretary Alan Hunter said the inn was packed with exhibitors and supporters. “It was the best show ever for quality and size,” he said. “It was a tremendous night.”

The annual show is staged at the Shepherds Inn and, even with leek entries limited to 25 because of the lack of space, the club needed additional tiered benches to show off all the entries.

The exhibits were judged by Jackie Foster, Calthwaite, who told organisers it was one of the best shows he had seen this year, even better than those at Penrith and Calthwaite and one he had judged at Carlisle.

The show is traditionally followed by a sale and Mr. Hunter said this year’s had also been a remarkable success. All sale proceeds go to local charities.

Among the top prices was £11 paid for Mr. Hunter’s first prize winning onion, which weighed a staggering 7lb, and £12 for Walter Currah’s second prize leeks, which measured 129 cubic inches.

The show is organised by members of the club, of which Shepherds Inn licensee Ken Robinson is chairman, David Driver is treasurer and Alan Hunter secretary.


The winner of the hotly contested leek classes for the third successive year was Johnny Dulson, Langwathby, with his two pot leeks measuring an impressive 143 cubic inches.

Mr. Dulson also took the awards for best leek in show and for most improved grower. Results:

Two pot leeks — 1 Johnny Dulson, Langwathby, 143; 2 Walter Currah, Langwathby, 129; 3 Stan Rudd, Langwathby, 114; 4 Jimmy Walker, Langwathby, 124; 5 Alan Hunter, Ousby, 125; 6 Les Marshall, Langwathby, 113; 7 Colin Slessor, Langwathby, 93; 8 Geoff Atkinson, Winskill, 122; 9 Mike Rudd, Penrith, 113; 10 John Anderson, Langwathby, 128.

Onions from sets — 1 Jimmy Walker, 2 Walter Currah, 3 Geoff Atkinson. Heaviest onion — 1 Alan Hunter, 7lb; 2 Johnny Dulson, 5lb 3oz; 3 Duncan Fawcett, Langwathby, 3lb.