Goosnargh & Longridge Agricultural Show 2016
Edward has been coming to the Goosnargh and Longridge Show since the 1950’s when his father's fields were used as the venue. The show then took place on Preston road in a field opposite Franco's. Edward has been a winner twice of the "Best managed Farm" competition that used to be held in the 1970’s and 80’s. When Edward's father took over the Bolton Fold Farm in February 1947 the ground was frozen solid as it was the year of the Big freeze.
Edward attended school in Berry Lane Longridge until aged 15 when he went to work on the farm with his father. He married Anne when he was 21 and took on other jobs driving and building work until he took the tenancy of Pinfold Farm from the Preston and District Water Board. When his father retired he took over both farms and eventually was able to buy them.
Anne and Edward went on a yogurt making course at Hutton College when it became obvious that the farm needed another income stream and Anne worked tirelessly to perfect her now famous yogurt whilst bringing up their four children. Sales began at a food festival in Preston and from there Booths started retailing their yogurt and the business has grown and grown.
The business now employs 22 people and their yogurt is sold through all the major supermarkets in the North West and throughout the country through choice retail outlets. Edward started the deliveries and still does some to this day. The farm, now over 450 acres has been taken over by their two sons, but Edward is still busy driving, gardening and helping on the farm. Anne and Edward enjoy their holidays but have no immediate plans to retire although they have the delights of 11 grand children.
Edward extends his warm welcome to all who come to visit the show on the 9th July. It is a show still grounded in the Agriculture around Lancashire but also embraces the input of the Town. Both need to co-exist together for their mutual benefit. It is a pleasure to see so many folk on Show Day enjoying their family day out.
Edward knows how much effort goes into the day and would like to thank the contributors to all the classes that make it such an interesting day for town and country people and to all the volunteers and the groups who pull together to make the show the success it is today. He extends a welcome to anyone who would like to help whether from an urban or rural background - speak to any steward on show day or go to the website for more details.