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.