AN historic and long-established tradition held on New Year’s Day again proved high in the pecking order.
Holcombe Old English Game Fowl Club staged its 170th annual gamecock show in Ramsbottom.
A total of 16 exhibitors showed 64 birds at the popular event staged at the Royal British Legion club in Central Street.
Club honorary secretary Mr Russell Taylor said: “While the number of birds entered was lower than last year it was still a successful show, with many local people visiting to support a tradition which has been upheld since 1843.”
Visitors travelled from as far as Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Stafford-shire Durham, Sunder-land and Bedfordshire as well as from many parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
The judge was Mr Cliff Stone from Yorkshire.
Results were as follows:
Cock Class for the Oxford Centenary Cup:
1st, Mr Eamon Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 3rd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield.
Hen Class for the Sam Jackson Cup:
1st, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton; 3rd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton.
Stag Class for the Millie Whittaker Rosebowl:
1st, Mr Eamon Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Michael Durkin, Hoghton; 3rd, Ms Launa Young, Durham.
Pullet Class for the Harold Haworth Cup:
1st, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield; 2nd, Mr Frank De Castro, Bardney; 3rd, Mr Todd Fletcher, Chesterfield
Local Class for the Tom Randle Haworth Trophy:
1st, Miss Sophia Taylor, Bury; 2nd, Mr Colin F Haworth, Haslingden; 3rd, Mrs Lesley Taylor, Bury.
The Mary Shaw Cup for the prestigious prize of best bird in show was won by Mr Eamon Fletcher, with the winner of the Stag class.