Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 44

life - COUNTRYSIDE & FARMING One hundred farmers, butchers and their guests tucked into the best meat the island has to offer at January’s Gilten Market Dinner. The tasty topside came from Alan Aylett’s Belgian Blue Cross - the winning steer at the pre-Christmas Gilten market held at Brickfields. Gilten Markets are held four times a year – two in the Spring and two in the Autumn/Winter. Around 200 of the best cattle and sheep on the island were shown at the pre-Christmas market before being auctioned off. The animals are then taken to Turner’s slaughterhouse in Farnborough, after which meat sold to local butchers is brought back to the island. Mr & Mrs Grimaldi (High Sheriff ) The markets have been held at Brickfields in Ryde for 25 years. Guests of honour at the dinner on Saturday, 13th January, were the High Sheriff Mr Peter Grimaldi and his wife Davinia. Phil Legge, owner of Brickfields, where the dinner was also held, said the evening had been a great success. Local beef won the day at this years Gilten Dinner Alan Aylett & Mrs Grimaldi “It was very well supported by Turners, the NFU and our auctioneers from Salisbury, Southern Counties Auctioneers. “Hamiltons supplied the beef for the roast dinner which was superb. “David Biles and Howard Johnson both got up to say a few words. It was all good fun.” Mr Steele & Mrs Holiday John Davis & Mrs Shelia Brownrigg Mr & Mrs Lovegrove Alison & Howard Johnson Dougie Brownrigg & Moira George David & Di Biles Mrs Lovegrove & Jan Cass Alan Aylett & Mary Chapman Janet Stelle & Mr Holiday 44 John Kingswell & Mrs Davis Guests of Mark Newm Island Life - www.isleofwight.net