The people of Northumberland showed their support by contributing so much to a Glendale Show wheelbarrow raffle that it raised £400. Christmas card / calendar sales at the Wooler show generated a further £250 – whilst a collection tin threw up another major surprise, a rare 1966 gold sovereign worth around £250.
R.A.B.I regional manager Sally Conner could scarcely believe he eyes, when she emptied the tin and an unusual, gold shiny coin dropped out in front of her. She said: “I looked online to find out the coin’s value and couldn’t quite believe it. I took it to an antiques dealer to get it verified. It’s a conundrum, who put it in our tin? It would be nice to thank them in person for such an extremely generous gesture.
“As a regional manager, attending agricultural shows is a key part of my summer workload and the Glendale Show attracts more than 12,000 people every year. We are lucky to have wonderful supporters who appreciate the work we do. The farming world is very close-knit and people regularly look out for each other.
“I’ve seen lots of things in our collection tins over the years, including foreign currency, buttons, pins, washers, springs and bits off tractors. But I’ve never seen a gold sovereign before. You never quite know what you are going to find in a tin when you open it up.”
Pictured above is regional manager Sally Conner with the gold coin. Pictured on the right are Northumberland committee chairman Stoker Frater (left) and Dot Auton. Dot won the raffle to earn herself a wheelbarrow full of goodies.