SEVERAL generations of family which hails from Thornton-le-Dale gathered at the show to hand over a silver cup which had been in their possession for more than 105 years.

William Rex said the trophy was presented to his uncle, Horace in 1914 for winning the 100 yards flat running race.

“Horace died in the First World War and the family were told to keep the cup in remembrance of him,” Mr Rex said. “As it is the centenary of the show we decided it was an appropriate time to hand the cup back.”

Members of the family included Martin Green, who emigrated to New Zealand 12 years ago, with his wife Jenny. “It is great to see everyone and catch up with friends and family and fortunately we have brought the good weather with us,” he said.

The show provided the perfect opportunity for friends and family to meet and Warrington House Guest House has been providing lunches for 12 years.

Jonathan Rule, who runs the guest house, said it was hard work but also enjoyable.

He said: “We start setting up on the Monday and prepare the food all day on Tuesday ahead of the show. Altogether we serve around 400 people on the day, including judges and stewards who have often come from as far away as the Lake District and Devon in the past.

“There is always a good atmosphere at the show and the people who run the show as well as those who come for lunch are always very appreciative.”