World famous Loughgall apples live up to their name

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A Loughgall father and son had won top awards in the apple orchard competition organised by the Northern Ireland Fruitgrowers Association it was reported this week in 1970.

Mr Norman Allen of Derryloughan and his 22 year old son Marshall beat tough opposition from four counties to win the Gibson Challenge Cup and the Aberdeen Challenge Cup respectively.

But it was expected that in 1971 that Mr Allen could find themselves facing just as much tough opposition from closer at home.

A third member of the family, 15 year old Gordon entered in class three of the competition and finished third beating several experienced growers into lower places.

He did enough to show that in 1971 that he would be chasing the higher honours along with his father and big brother.

Once again the orchard county and in particular Loughgall took most of the awards, with only a handful of prizes going outside the county.

Mr Ben Lee of Derrycrew, Loughgall won two awards. In class three he took the 
McCaig and Webb Cup and also for the Plant Protection Cup.

The winner in class four - the Murphy Cup - was Mr Gerald Hall of Annahoe, Kilmore.

The winner in class four - the Murphy Cup - was Mr Gerald Hall of Annahoe, Kilmore.

There were 25 orchards entered in the various sections and placing and points were as follows:

Class one, the Aberdeen Cup (for the best orchard over three acres), 1, Marshall Allen, 216 points; 2, Peter McGrane, Tamnavelton, Tandragree, 215 points; 3, John Gilpin, Ashgrove House, Portadown, 211 points.

Class two, the Gibson Cup (for best orchard over one acre and under three), 1, Norman Allen, 218 points; 2, Peter McGrane, 213 points; 3, Alan Hampton, Ballywillwill, Kilmore, 212 points.