50 Dec 17, 1968 Tom SM Farm

The “championship of the field” award at Holestone Young Farmers’ Club ploughing match last week went to well-known Straid ploughman Tom Clyde.

Tom also took first place in the World-style (open) class and carried off the Robson Cup. In addition, he was judged to have ploughed the best “back” in the World-style section.

Conditions for the contest, held on the farm of Mr Norman Robson, at Kilbride, Doagh, were described as “perfect” by secretary Robert Bell.


World-style (open) – 1, and Robson Cup, Tom Clyde, Straid; 2, Gardiner Wilson, Ballyboley; 3, Bob Barr, Belfast.

World-style (confined) – 1, and Vint Cup, Hugh Bingham, Templepatrick; 2, Andrew Wilson, Dunadry; 3, W Holden, Larne.

Wholework (open) – 1, and McClelland Cup, Bertie Speedie, Randalstown; 2, William Hill, Randalstown; 3, John Sloan, Randalstown.

Young Farmers’ Club class – 1, and Luke Cup, William Hood, Ahoghill; 2, Harry Simms, Milebush.

Beginners’ class – 1, and BOCM Shield, Norman Beggs, Ballyeaston.

Special Awards – Championship of the Field, Tom Clyde; Best Back in World-style, Tom Clyde; Best Hint in World-style, Harper Ashcroft, Lylehill; Best Back and Best Hint in Wholework class, Bertie Speedie.


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