Watson champion grower in Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show

Meticulous weighing at the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show
Meticulous weighing at the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show

Graeme Watson was the star of the show at the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show on Tuesday.

Graeme was triumphant again with his Yellow Millennium Berry and also took the title of Champion Grower, having garnered 54 points out of a possible 60 across the six categories - four colours and heaviest 12.

Gooseberry growers enjoyed a successful and enjoyable show St Hedda’s school room.

Entries were considerably up on 2014 and competition was tense but friendly.

At the end of the day, the crowd was entertained by the Esk Valley’s very own ukulele orchestra, the Eskuleles.

The show is the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800 and is held on the first Tuesday in August each year by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society.

The 2009 show was a record-breaking event.

Champion grower Bryan Nellist took the R Harland Challenge Cup with a record-breaking berry. Coming in at exactly 35 drams (2.19 oz. or 62.0 grams) the Woodpecker berry is the heaviest ever shown in the United Kingdom, beating Kelvin Archer’s previous record by just over 2 grains or 0.1 grams.

It has now been recognised as an official world record.

Results of 2015 Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show

Champion Berry (R Harland Challenge Cup): G Watson – Yellow Millenium, 31 Drams, 6 grains

Champion Grower (W Graham Challenge Cup): G Watson – 54 points

Heaviest Maiden (Dr & Mrs Hyatt Rosebowl): M Hart – Yellow Millenium, 22 Drams, 12 Grains

Heaviest Twins (T W Ventress Plate): G Watson – Green Bank View, 50 Drams, 12 grains

Maiden Twins (Miss May Novice Cup): S Bundy – Red Lord Derby, 38 Drams, 10 Grains

Heaviest Twelve (J E Raw Challenge Cup): G Watson – 19 Ounces, 6 Drams and 16 Grains

Heaviest Six (H Welford Cup): J Hart – 8 Ounces, 15 Drams and 3 Grains

Maiden Six (J Spenceley Memorial Cup): C Gray - 9 Ounces, 2 Drams and 14 Grains

Four Colours (R D Swales Memorial Cup): T Price - 4 Ounces, 8 Drams and 6 Grains

First Yellow: G Watson – Yellow Millenium, 31 Drams, 6 grains

First Red: Mrs A Hart – Lloyd George, 22 Drams, 16 Grains

First Green: B Nellist – Bank View, 29 Drams, 1 Grain

First White: G Bielby – Mr Chairman, 24 Drams, 20 Grains

Best Beaten Berry: N Pickering, Yellow Woodpecker, 26 Drams, 22 Grains