By Mark Barrow
A SPLENDID Saddleworth Summer Show treated the community to a spectacular day of events and music for all the family as well as raising around £17,000 for community projects.
The event, organised by Saddleworth Rotary Club and the Oldham Metro Club, attracted a record attendance to its new location at Well-I-Hole Farm in Greenfield.
It returned to its roots with a Country Show theme and proved a huge success as it raised the staggering sum in just one day.
Organisers lined up an impressive array of attractions including falconry, chainsaw carvers, donkeys, llamas, a petting zoo, sheep shearing and stone carvers.
There was also a climbing wall, dry stone walling, archery, fly fishing and a casting contest along with craft and sport demonstrations, a farmers market and handmade stalls.
And brought all the way from America, there was a Giant Ferris Wheel to offer a traditional ride for all the family.
An impressive display of classic cars was on show while the annual highly-popular Duck Race took place in the afternoon on the River Tame which flows through the site.
Richard Bartlett, president of the Saddleworth Rotary Club, revealed he was delighted with the event and the new location.
“It was just perfect,” he said. “We very much hope to be there again next year. The location is ‘everything Saddleworth’, with the views and river.
“People were really supportive. We raised more money in one day than we would have in three at Saddleworth School.
“Lots of that money can go back into local community projects.”
Frank Bolger, show director, said: “All the hard work organising such a spectacular event was just reward seeing the many people turning up and raising much-needed money that both clubs can invest in the many projects locally, in Oldham and on the international stage.
John Walkden, president of Oldham Metro, added: “It was a fantastic day, supported by the whole community. I was so pleased to be involved and our thanks go to all the people who turned up.”
Pictures by Carl Royle