Bringing down the curtain on show season

Alwinton Show 2017
Stick maker Derek Ions  was giving proceeds from sales to the air ambulance.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Alwinton Show 2017 Stick maker Derek Ions was giving proceeds from sales to the air ambulance. Picture by Jane Coltman

The 2017 show season drew to a close at the weekend as the 151st Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show took place.

Bringing down the curtain on the summer for exhibitors and visitors, what is one of the largest shows in the Coquet Valley featured its usual mix of traditional favourites.

Alwinton Show 2017
Coral Hall with her winning quiche.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Coral Hall with her winning quiche. Picture by Jane Coltman

There were the fell races for young and old alike, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and the ever-popular terrier racing.

Dogs were well catered for as there was also the open dog show, the collie and terrier dog show, traditional sheep dog trials and the hound trail.

Entertainment came from Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, which marched from Alwinton village to the main ring, as well as in the music tent, while Coquet Lass, an Aveling & Porter steamroller built in 1899, also made an appearance.

Visitors could also peruse the packed craft tent, trade stands and, of course, the exhibit tents or enjoy the beer tent, food and refreshment stands.

Alwinton Show 2017
Kari Brown was delighted that Helen Patterson had judged her fruit loaf to be the best.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Kari Brown was delighted that Helen Patterson had judged her fruit loaf to be the best. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Top turnips! David Renton and George Young cast their expert eyes over the vegetable classes.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Top turnips! David Renton and George Young cast their expert eyes over the vegetable classes. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue team. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Fiona Mellor from Annstead had the best continental sheep at the show.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Fiona Mellor from Annstead had the best continental sheep at the show. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Young William Wood won the children's sheep class and is seen with his Blackface ewe lamb and his dad Daniel.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Young William Wood won the children's sheep class and is seen with his Blackface ewe lamb and his dad Daniel. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Carol Thompson with Jake who was second in the puppy class.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Carol Thompson with Jake who was second in the puppy class. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Finalists in the terrier races
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Finalists in the terrier races Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Terrier race champion Jack with his owner Craig Thompson.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Terrier race champion Jack with his owner Craig Thompson. Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017
Wrestling champion Thomas Brocklebank.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Alwinton Show 2017 Wrestling champion Thomas Brocklebank. Picture by Jane Coltman