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Nostalgia: It rains on their parade... again

The wonderful Mottram Show.

Organisers hoped for a sunny Sunday in August 1946 and the first Mottram Show since the start of the Second World War.

It was the day that Mottram and District Agricultural Society members had been eagerly looking forward to for years.

Around £800 in prize money, which was a hefty amount for country shows 75 years ago, plus 18 gleaming trophies, had attracted interest from a wide area.

Entries for classes, which included everything from horses to horticulture, sheep and cattle to buns and scones, pigs to painting, had poured in.

Society stalwarts had worked well into the nights leading up to the show, getting the showground, which was then on Hyde Road, Mottram, ready.

But sadly the weather did what it did on many show days both before and after, it absolutely poured down.

But secretary William Sowerbutts was not disheartened.

He told the Chronicle: “It’s heartbreaking, but we are not disheartened.

“We’ll live to fight again.”

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