LAUNCESTON and Callington Ploughing Association has marked the start of its ‘Golden Jubilee’ year with the launch of a book detailing its history. 

The event was the first of many planned for the group’s anniversary year and saw the release of a book which covers the last 25 years of the association’s history.  

Attendees welcomed everyone including the association president, Tom Williams. Tom said he was very happy to welcome the association back to Werrington Park, for the ploughing match in October. 

The Ploughing Association’s chairman, Tim Lightfoot, then welcomed, and introduce the special guests for the evening, presenting them with their own copies of the book.  The first one, destined to go to His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cornwall, Prince William was received by Mark Thomas and presented to the Duke a few days later. He remarked that he remembered the very first event held at Werrington Park in 1975.

The second book was presented to Cornwall councillor for Altarnun and Stoke Climsland, Adrian Parsons, to be documented in Cornwall Council’s archives. Cllr Parsons commented on just how important rural traditions are to the whole community.  The third and fourth books were presented to the mayor of Launceston, Cllr Helen Bailey, and the portreeve of Callington, Stephen Pound.