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Northern Siamese set for big 40th Championship Show celebration

In 2007 The Northern Siamese Cat Society (NSCS) Championship Show will celebrate its Ruby Anniversary - 40 years of showing, developing and supporting the breed. To honour this very special birthday, plans are in place to make the 2007 Show very special indeed – in fact the biggest, brightest, busiest and best NSCS Show ever!

Northern Siamese Overall BIS 2006 was GR CH MYLYNN MONTOYA, owned by Norma Palmer and bred by Lynne Studer.

The Show will take place at the Thomas Chambers Newton Memorial Hall, Chapeltown, Sheffield, on 14th April 2007. To celebrate, every exhibitor will receive a glass (or two) of Bucks Fizz while there will be a special anniversary cake, BIS anniversary prizes, raffles - and just lots more! As well as top competition among the Siamese, there will be classes for Balinese, Oriental Bi-colours and household pets.

Since its formation, the Society has been a focus and knowledge pool for Northern-based breeders, exhibitors and pet owners alike, while the Championship Show has been its glittering centre point. As the 40th Championship Show is celebrated, the NSCS itself remains in good shape, with a burgeoning membership both in the UK and indeed throughout the world.

The NSCS held its first Championship Show at the Museum Rooms, York on 30th March 1968.
Over 200 cats took part in that show on behalf of 116 exhibitors, and it is widely believed (though not, as yet, substantiated) that BIS was a female tabby point, ‘Lymekilns Hifua’, owned by Mr & Mrs Saunders. At least six of the exhibitors are known to be still involved with breeding or owning cats.

At the first Championship Show, benching cost 4s 6d (22p), double pens an extra 2s 6d (12p) and the entry fee was 10s (50p)! Winners of Open/Grand Champion/Grand Premier Classes received the princely sum of £1 and it was said that a tidy profit could be made on the day if you had a good cat!

Though everybody will undoubtedly look back with fondness on the last 40 years, the present state of the breed and its future are the chief concerns of the Society’s members and its Committee. Two members of the Committee are nominated to the GCCF Siamese Cat Joint Advisory Committee (SCJAC), currently Eva Birds and Marion Evans, while Rescue Officer Pauline Crawshaw works tirelessly in support of Siamese rescue and welfare throughout the North of England.

Probably as busy as anybody at the moment is NSCS Chairperson & Show Manager, Alice Fox, as the big day approaches. “The NSCS Show has always been a big day in the calendar for Siamese exhibitors throughout the UK, and things are in place so that, hopefully, everybody has a fabulous day,” comments Alice. “The NSCS has been a powerful body in shaping the destiny of the Siamese breed – and will in the future, a responsibility none of us can take lightly. Long may the ‘Northern Siamese’ and its Championship Show continue.”