It was with great sadness while on holiday I heard of the death on October 7 of Freda Wright and I am sure many readers will share the same sadness, writes Nellie Taylor
For some years Freda has not had good health. Her introduction to the world of dogs and dog shows came when she met and married Harold, who at the time was well established with his Woodmansey Scottish Terriers. She had never heard of dog shows but with her own admission it was a case of love me love my dogs!
Harold was at that time Chairman to Beverley and DCS a local club and Freda soon got involved starting on refreshments then marking catalogues and in 1967 she was allowed to show a scottie for the first time Harold had gone to Scottish Terrier Breeders and Exhibitors show in the south and Freda took Woodmansey Wisecracker to the Sporting Terrier open show at Leeds she won six firsts and BIS under breed specialist Willie Gill (Gillsie) after that she was really hooked.
Eventually she became secretary to Beverley and DCS and then secretary to Scottish Terrier Club (England) 1972 -78 the parent club and Harold became Chairman. They were a good team and we were sorry when they retired from office but after a few years Freda became secretary to Scottish Terrier Breeders and Exhibitors in 1981 and a couple of years later Harold was elected Chairman. In the mid seventies Chester Championship show was deregistered and Driffield Agriculteral Show was successful in being granted championship status gaining Chester's allocation of Challenge Certificates and Driffield Championship show was born Freda was Assistant Secretary and Harold Show Manager.
After some years they retired from office when they moved down country to Coleshill. In those early years the dogs were in Harold's name and several champions were made up but the last two W Watchdog made up in 1979 and W Wait for It in 1981 were registered in Freda's name. Freda excelled at organising and with Harold they contributed such a lot to the world of dogs. For some years they worked hard for National Terrier ---- Harold as Show Manager and Freda was here there and everywhere. At one time Harold was the only terrier specialist to award CC to all terrier breeds.
Freda worked in the show office at many ch shows throughout the year up and down the country travelling in their caravan in particular to Windsor and in 1997 she was presented with Honorary Life Membership in recognition of her 17 years service.
She judged the North Midlands STC show her first in 1974 and awarded CC for the first time at Darlington in 1978 she also awarded CC to Bedlington Terriers.
The funeral took place at Bangor Crematorium on Friday October 20.
To her son David her step son Philip and their families we send our sincere sympathy.
If anyone wishes to send a donation in Freda's memory the family's chosen charity is the Alzheimers Society it can be sent direct to the charity via the website or sent to Dr David Wright Hillcote 69 Penrhos Road Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2BQ.