The committee of Castlewellan Agricultural Show has paid tribute to Cecil Robinson, its vice-president.
He passed away in his home following a short illness with his wife Molly by his side.
In a statement on Facebook on Wednesday (September 25th), the committee said: “We extend our sympathy to Molly, his brother Ivan and the family circle. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
“Molly & Cecil have exhibited at our first show 1967, when earlier that year they purchased an 11-month-old heifer - Loughgall Iris.”
“This heifer founded the Tullygirvan Charolais herd which was to go on to breed many of the best Charolais cattle in Northern Ireland.”
The committee outlined that Cecil was renowned in the world of agricultural shows in Northern Ireland. “His guidance and encouragement have assisted many young people starting out in cattle showing, graciously sharing his knowledge and tips he had gained over a lifetime.”
After his first show in 1967, Cecil never left Castlewellan show again, exhibiting in the cattle section, then joining the show committee. In 2013, he was elected by the committee and members as joint vice-president along with his wife.
“We, as a show, feel privileged to have enjoyed so much time over the years with Cecil, from the set-up of show day where he was found in the cattle section to our monthly committee meetings where he and Molly where always the first to arrive, sitting on the front row attentively listening to all the planning for the next year.”
“Cecil will be so missed at Castlewellan he always had a wise word or a story from the past his knowledge will be greatly missed by us all.” the statement concluded.
Image source: Castlewellan Agricultural Show \ Facebook