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National agricultural show triumph for Declan Bulmer, 14
A TEENAGER has completed a year of success by taking top honours at a national agricultural show in memory of his mother.
Declan Bulmer, from Amotherby, was awarded Young Handler of the Year at the Royal County of Berkshire Show.
The 14-year-old qualified after winning the young handlers sheep class at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Declan’s mother, Angela, proudly saw her son triumph at the county show in July, dying just a day later following a two-year battle with cancer.
His father, Andy, said one of Angela’s last wishes was to encourage her son to take the national honours.
“She was one of his biggest fans and his biggest critics and always made sure everything was spot on,” he said. “Angela saw Declan win at the Yorkshire Show shortly before she died and she was so pleased for him and really wanted him to go on to the national show.”
Andy said Declan, a pupil at Malton School, had competed against young handlers from across the country.
“We would have been pleased if he had managed fifth or sixth place and we were absolutely delighted when he got through to the last eight and then won,” he said.
“It was just unbelievable and we have to think his mum was watching him and helping him.”
Andy said Declan, who is 15 next week, now hoped to defend his title at next year’s shows.
“It was sad going down there without Angela but when we got there we enjoyed ourselves,” he said.
“Declan has done really well and this award is the icing on the cake for him.”
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