Purrfect distraction for MP Steve Barclay

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Making the best use of local facilities and putting this area on the map are two things I feel strongly about and as the MP have tried hard to make happen.

So I was really surprised and delighted when I went along to Tydd St Giles Community Centre to take in the recent cat show.

Entertaining two young children on a cold Saturday afternoon is not easy, as all parents will know, but the 14th Exotic Cat Show Championship organised by local couple Barbara and Stuart McEwen, proved the ‘purr-fect’ distraction.

While my children were impressed with all the fluffy cats on show – and to be honest I didn’t realise there were so many different variations – what impressed me the most was the fact that this was such a large national event.

There were over 80 entries with many of the owners travelling from places as far away as Lancashire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire to bring their pets to be judged at a community centre in what is a reasonably small Fen village.

What a fantastic feat by the organisers of this event to build it up to such a prestigious level that people are willing to travel from all over the country to attend.

This a great example of how we can raise the profile of our area nationwide. There is no reason why Fenland could not be the venue for other national events – it just takes some imagination, determination and hard-work.

I also congratulate all those who entered and those who won a prize, including local winners: Janet Rouse of Lutton, whose cat Champion Brettachtalf Just a Dream won best in show Persian; Laura Palmer of Doddington, whose kitten Adduton Bellasboy won the best in show exotic kitten; and Linda Hutchinson of Little Downham whose Cossette not only won the best non-pedigree kitten but also best in show non-pedigree.