Organisers of the Neilston Show have declared this year’s event a huge success after it made a triumphant return.

The celebration had to be scrapped in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic but around 5,000 people from across Scotland turned up at Saturday’s shindig.

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Ronnie Melrose, president of the Neilston Agricultural Society, said all those involved are “over the moon” with how things went.

“It was a fantastic show,” he told the Barrhead News. “People were desperate for it to come back after missing it for the last two years and the weather held out for us too.

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“We are used to it being relatively quiet in the morning and then it picks up in the afternoon but, this time, it was busy from the word go.”

Competitions ranged from sheepdog trials to cattle contests and there was also a Tug O’ War showdown between local schools.

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Another highlight saw Colonel Peter McCarthy, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, accept The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of the Neilston Show.

It is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Ronnie added: “Colonel McCarthy was brilliant and took a full interest in the event.”

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Organisers are already planning next year’s show, which will again be held on the first Saturday in May.

For the full results from this year’s event, visit