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The grand parade at this year’s Angus Show had to be called off on the day – due to high winds.

But even the weather couldn’t blow off the stiff competition for trophies at the 162nd event.

Shear brilliance...Calum Shaw and Brian Simpson battle it out in the semi-final of the sheep shearing competition at the Angus Show. (Pic Andy Thompson)

Shear brilliance...Calum Shaw and Brian Simpson battle it out in the semi-final of the sheep shearing competition at the Angus Show. (Pic Andy Thompson)

The cattle champion was a Charolais bull from Balthayock Farm in Perth; the sheep champion was a texel ram lamb, owned by Mr D McKerro; Sandy Aitken’s Clydesdale was the native horse champion; and Annabelle Brooks took the trophy for the light legged horse champion.

Other than the grand parade, there were no other casualties of the weather at the annual event.

Chairman Allan Alston said: “Wind put paid to the grand parade of livestock because we didn’t want the animals to be spooked.

“But while we were battered by the wind, everything else went ahead as planned – albeit slightly off schedule.

“I think the weather did deter the public in the morning but attendance picked up in the afternoon when the sun came out.

“We got quite a lot of compliments for the new show layout and the truck show was tremendous, with more than 60 vehicles.

“Moving the light legged horse classes into the main show was a big success and I think we’ll look at adding more classes next year.

“The truck-pulling on both the Friday and Saturday was also a big draw – there were more than 1000 there on the Friday night, which we were delighted with.”

A survey conducted at the show will help steer the committee when planning the 163rd annual show.

A meeting in the Northern Hotel in Brechin on Tuesday, June 23, at 7.30pm will also help the committee assess what can be done to attract more visitors.

Allan said: “We were happy overall with the show, although the wind didn’t help us – but there’s not much we can do about the weather!

“I think next year we might look at entertainment in the main ring in the morning to attract more people through the gates, earlier in the day.

“And we’ll also have a look at our questionnaire forms to find out what we can do to better the show for locals next year.

“We’d be delighted to hear any feedback at our meeting on June 23, when planning for the next show will begin once again.”

While entries in classes were slightly down, due to the windy conditions, most competitors braved the weather to attend.

And the attendance figures remained on a par with last year, at between 4000 and 5000 people through the gates.

Secretary Nici Smith said: “We’d like to thank everyone who turned out, despite the wind, to take part or enjoy the show.

“I’d also like to thank the stewards and committee members who did a great job in its smooth running.

“It was no mean feat, given the weather, as we spent a lot of time ensuring the tents were fixed in place but they did a fantastic job.”

Freelance photographer Andy Thompson was on hand to capture the action and his pictures are featured in our slideshow.