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Lifetime honour for farmer’s dedication to Malton Show

Yorkshire Agricultural Society's long service awards the Great Yorkshire Show. Les Rickatson, who has 47 years service, as a cattle steward and council member, employed by Malton Agricultural Society, Cattle Market, Malton.
9th July 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Yorkshire Agricultural Society's long service awards the Great Yorkshire Show. Les Rickatson, who has 47 years service, as a cattle steward and council member, employed by Malton Agricultural Society, Cattle Market, Malton. 9th July 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

A show cattle steward of 47 years was one of a group of ten agricultural workers with a combined 467 years’ service to the industry who were honoured at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Les Rickatson has spent a long career working for Malton Agricultural Society as a council member and helping to oversee the cattle classes of Malton Show. He was presented with a commemorative tankard and a certificate by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s president John Stoddart-Scott alongside the other long service award winners in front of the president’s pavilion.

Mr Rickatson, 68, of Thornton-le-Dale, said: “It has been a wonderful day and I’m very proud. I have stayed involved in the Malton Agricultural Society for so long because I’ve always been interested in cattle and I just enjoy helping out.”

The father-of-three officially retired as a cattle steward last year, some 15 years after he called it a day as a farmer at Milebush Farm in Snainton which he ran with his wife for 36 years.

Two workers from A&M Armstrong & Sons at Allerton Grange Farm in Knaresborough - John Hastings and Malcolm Roberts – were among the others to receive awards, both for 42 years’ service. All the men recognised by the YAS were also handed a badge entitling them to free entry to future shows.

 

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