Virtual walling competition
Every year for the past 30 years, the Cumbria Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association has held a walling competition at the Penrith Show. This year, of course, the Show was cancelled but the organising committee, not to be deterred by a virus, offered a virtual show for animals and crafts. Following that, Cumbria branch member George Allonby put forward the idea of a virtual walling competition as a means of offering something for the Branch members to do in lockdown that would be perfectly safe! It is believed that this is a first for the DSWA.
George said, ““It should be a bit of fun, offering some respite from the frustrations we wallers are all feeling at the moment.”
The wall was to be a ‘socially distanced’ 2 metres in length and participants were to submit at least three photographs of their wall, which had to be built in Cumbria in July – at filled in foundation level, at through stone level and finished height, with cams. There was one Open Class of entry and three generous cash prizes provided by Cumbria Branch, George Allonby and a local Penrith sponsor Brougham Lodge, as well as the Branch Chairman’s Award for best cams.
The overall winner was Stephen Richardson from Dacre, with David Buchanan and Stephen Braithwaite, both from Penrith, in second and third places respectively.
Steven King, from Haverigg, won the best cams award.
Commenting on the event, Chris Bratt, Branch Secretary, said, “Although a success, we hope that next year we will be able to return to Penrith for a proper day of competitive walling.”
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