Bowing out after 30 years at helm of Castleton Show

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Linda Raw agreed to help out for one year with the organisation of Castleton Show.

Thirty years later she is still at the helm as show secretary - but has now decided to step aside.

Linda says she made the decision to allow for “new blood and new ideas”.

Three decades ago her parents were committee members and they had asked her if she would help the then Secretary, Mike Stainsby.

The arrangement lasted a year, Mike Stainsby stepped down, and Linda found herself with full responsibility because, as she put it, ‘no-one else wanted to do it’.

During her tenure the show has gone from strength to strength, with a variety of new classes being added as they have become popular.

And outside of the show tents, a whole range of activities have been added, one of the most recent and popular being the fiercely contested tug-of-war which now includes a women’s team – and whatever bending of the rules that can be got away with.

Linda said: “The show has been a big part of my life, and it is hard to give it up.

“I’ve really enjoyed doing it.”

But Linda isn’t totally giving up her role with the show which has been entertaining locfals and visitors in the Esk Valley for years.

She has offered to help new secretary Rebecca Craven learn the ropes, as well as helping on show day.

Linda paid tribute to her family, thanking them for their help and understanding, and she intends to take them all to The Star at Harome with the vouchers she was presented with at the show’s annual general meeting.

She was also presented with a big bouquet of flowers and given a standing ovation – a fitting tribute for 30 years of loyal service.

This year’s show will take place on Saturday September 12 from 12 noon onwards.