1967 was the penultimate year in
which Crufts had two judges for the Groups and Best in Show. Lola M
Daly and Maxwell Riddle for the Terrier Group Viscount Chelmsford
and Frank Warner Hill for BIS. Lancastrian Bill Strickland
(Castleguard) judged the breed.
Before Crufts it was already arranged
for Stingray to go to Mr & Mrs James A Farrell Jn in
Connecticut, Albert reportedly said for "several thousand dollars, the cost of the dog isn't particularly fantastic considering it has
won Crufts. After the show a Japanese offered a lot more for him,
but it was too late, of course."
The following year Peter Green handled
Stingray to win BIS at the AKC Premier show Westminster.
Stingray looks to
be backing off in fear of the lady dropping the Crufts BIS cup on
Postlethwaite with Derryabah Skylark
at Stroud Show Aug
winning best Lakeland and Reserve Best in Show.
Wilf once told me he was sorry that he
had given Stingray to a professional handler and that he still had
the ambition to breed another Crufts BIS winner but handled by
himself. Wilf and Betty Postlethwaite were lifelong enthusiast of
the breed but only ever had a small domestic kennel; in 1967 they
had just three dogs including Stingray. Despite the Cumbrian surname
they lived most of their life in Gloucestershire, as did Albert
Langley though he was Welsh.
Albert Langley, in his younger
with unidentified Lakeland.
Albert was a great supporter of the
Lakeland Terrier Club. He had spent many years working as a kennel
manger/handler in Italy but when retired from handling and living
back in Gloucestershire he would often steward at the Lakeland Terrier Club shows; At
that time he was much in demand as a judge but told me "Judging is worse paid than
Handling" perhaps not entirely meant as a joke.