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'Purr-fect' pets at Helston show
2:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in Cornwall
A cat found abandoned less than a year ago proved she was the cream of the crop at Helston's harvest fair pet show on Sunday.
Tilly, who was taken in by the Palmer family, was named best cat in the event taking place at the Epworth Hall.
She was brought to the show by Tina Palmer, who also got a first place, as well as the coveted best in show title, with her five-month-old border collie Nell.
Betty Williams, who started the show 30 years ago and returned to the helm for this show after a number of year's absence, said: “It went quite well. We had a few more entries than last year and it went down very well.”
Her only disappointment was that there were not a few more cats entering and more child exhibitors.
The best supported class was the guinea pigs, with 11 entries - eight of them from Eleanor Rogers, who was a prize winner. This section saw the winner of the reserve best in show in the form of four-year-old Gladys, shown by Lowenna Atkinson who was entering for the first time.
There were also four dogs, two puppies and three rabbits shown, although there was a lack of more unusual pets this year. All the entries were judged by former Head and Head vet Noel Stuart.
He decided 19-month-old springer spaniel Jack, belonging to Nikki Taylor, was the cutest pet of the show, with rabbit Bouncer belonging to Ben Priest and dog Brian shown by Dawn and Paul Crowther also winning prizes.