Cider company raises a glass to award
The oldest cider producer in the 'orchard county' of Armagh has won a major award.
Maddens Mellow Cider by the Portadown-based Armagh Cider Company, defeated 500 competitors to take the gold award for cider at the Royal Bath & West Show.
The show, which took place at Shepton Mallet, is the home of competition for all cider producers across the UK.
This year it attracted 500 traders and more than 4,000 livestock.
Helen Troughton, owner of Armagh Cider Company, based on Drumnasoo Road in Portadown, said: "We are delighted that cider produced in Armagh orchards has beaten competition from producers in the heart of the cider region.
"This is a tremendous achievement for our team here at Ballinteggart House, where we grow, produce and bottle all of our own artisan ciders.
"To win gold with Maddens Mellow Cider is tremendous, so congratulations goes to our team for their continued dedication to producing ciders and juices which are unique to our orchards."
Anthony Gibson, the chairman of orchards and cider at the Royal Bath & West Show, added: "We have had entries from Northern Ireland before, but not for some time and certainly not of the quality of this year's entries.
"We are delighted with the success of Armagh Cider Company which stands comparison with any ciders produced in the UK.
"We hope it will add further impetus to the development of the cider industry in Northern Ireland and stimulate many more entries."