Some 1,200 people enjoyed an idyllic day in the sun at the Rusland Show at Whitestock Meadow in 1984.

Steve Carr, of Kendal, and Keith Summersgill, of Skipton, shared sports honours.

Steve raced home from the senior fell race in 11 minutes 42 seconds – his third win over the course in 11 years.

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Behind him came the Skipton runner, but Keith gained his revenge in the other man race, the mile, when he finished comfortably ahead of Steve.

Gary Steele won the junior Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling competition.

In the marquees, Christine Dewhurst, of Hawkshead, won three trophies, one being best floral art exhibit in which she used copper-coloured dahlias and chrysanthemums to complement a copper tray.

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At the 1991 show, Britain’s champion open fell runner John Atkinson, 24, of Kirkby, notched up another victory on his favourite local course.

In the hound trailing, it was a day of success for Windermere hound True Blue. The three-year-old, owned by Tricia Stainton, had his third victory in the J. Ormandy Trophy Guarded Hound Trail, deserving his reputation as favourite. It was his 11th win of the season.

The other trails were won by Masquerade, Bandrake and High Frish.

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In each race the crowd enjoyed the spectacle of owners and trainers whistling and banging feed buckets to make their hounds run those last few yards that bit faster.

Other successful dogs included Pepper, a year-old Lakeland Terrier, of Haverthwaite, who took top prize in the children’s pet show for owner Laura Allen, aged two and a half.

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It was a good day for fruit, vegetables, crafts and baking, with top quality produce packing two marquees.

In the main ring, the crowd was entertained by a variety of sports, including ducks being rounded up by dogs.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Michael Jopling presented the prizes.