50 years ago this week: Friday, July 21, 1961

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TORRENTIAL rain on Saturday did its best to spoil what would certainly have been the best County Show ever to have been held in Northumberland.

Compared with last year, only half as many paid for admission, but although almost washed out before it started, the show went on.

The 4,500 who braved the storm were rewarded with a fine afternoon and, by the evening, something of the spirit of pageantry had returned.

“It’s the wettest show day I can remember, but there is an amazingly good attendance considering the appalling weather,” said the show yard director Capt the Hon ME Joicey, and those who ploughed their way through the mire were by no means all farmers used to mud on their boots.

The parade of armoured vehicles had to be cancelled and the livestock sent home before the grand parade, but the Percy foxhounds delighted the onlookers and the musical parade of the Household Calvary proved to be the highlight of the show.

There were some anxious moments when a trooper in the red uniform of the Life Guards had a head-on collision with one of the blues.