A CHILD beat more than 100 exhibitors of all ages to win "Best in Show" when Wheldrake held its annual village show.

Ten-year-old Maisie Byrne's model of a house in a tree so impressed the judges they gave her the coveted accolade over all the other 122 exhibitors who had put in 405 entries between them in five category divisions.

The judges were particularly impressed with the detail Maisie had included in the miniature fittings of the house.

It was the first time a child had won "Best in Show" and her proud parents have put her prize, a large crystal cup, on display at the family's home.

The Class 6 pupil was not the only child to out do the adults in Saturday's show. George Collyer, aged nine, was the first child ever to win the Limerick competition which was open to all ages.

"I think this year the children were very, very creative," said organiser Eleanor Stead.

One Year 8 pupil made a chocolate cake with an Alice in Wonderland theme featuring a White Rabbit looking down a rabbit hole.

Meanwhile, Sheila Hastings showed that the village's adults are also talented by winning the domestic division which included baking and jam sections, as well as the Karn Jubilee Cup for the most points in the floral, domestic and crafts division.

The other two categories were the vegetables and fruit division, and the children's division, for which she was ineligible.

Eleanor said she hoped the show overall had beaten last year's total raised of just under £2,000.

"It went very well, despite the changeable weather. We had plenty of marques and every time the heavens opened, everyone managed to take cover."

The show was to raise money for retiling Wheldrake Village Hall's roof and for a play park for the village.

Because of the condition of the hall, where it is usually held, the show this year was held at the village's school.