DANE OF THE YEAR…… a short history written by Tony Schaanning Ling
I am often asked about DOTY, its formation, history etc. so I have penned the following from pieces I have collected over the years.
First an item that was printed in "The Daneite" -
Since then the show has progressed and we have now celebrated the sixtieth show. Only M&W and the Northern remain from the original organisers together with the GDC of Wales who are 2013’s sponsor. Although DOTY has lost some of its magic in recent years, it is the aim of the current sponsoring Clubs to bring it back to its former glories.
Finally I am reproducing a piece by the late Mrs. Olive Davies (Oldmanor), who penned this profile of the founder of DOTY, Fergus Taylor Esq., for the Diamond anniversary catalogue, and I quote "Mr Fergus Taylor to many is just a name which you may have come across. To me, he was a Northern Gentleman of great character. He had many interests in the world of Great Danes. He was a willing listener and a generous giver of good advise. His home was a picturesque cottage called Chestnut Cottage in Barrowford, near Nelson. His humour was wonderful, quick to reply and quick to disagree if he knew he was right." Mrs Davies concludes "Lives of great men live on in our memory".
If anyone has further information regarding the history of DOTY please get in touch with me, your webmaster, so that I may add it to this page. Any photographs and information about past winners will be most welcome.