Charity challenge is announced at show

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A charity challenge, which will see a show treasurer cycle around Britain, was announced at the weekend.

Hedley Heron, who is on the Simonside Hay Show and Country Fair committee, will be embarking on a circular ride in July in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Hay show judging

Hay show judging

As the 14th annual hay show took place at Forestburngate on Sunday afternoon, visitors heard that Hedley will start and finish his ride in Rothbury, visiting Land’s End and John O’Groats along the way.

This year’s hay show saw a round-bale hay winner crowned the overall champion for the first time in its history.

Taking place at the Gate pub, the event saw 120 pledges for the charity auction as well as plenty of baking on offer, meals and afternoon teas, MOTs, trailer-loads of logs and even a statue of Buddha!

The afternoon made more than £3,000 and profits, which are donated to charities and good causes for children and families, will be distributed later in the year, after the committee’s summer event, Simonside Country Fair, on August 10.


Seed hay: 1 and 2 D Harvey; 3 W Milburn. Meadow hay: 1 J Cowans; 2 and 3 W. Milbur. Round-bale hay: 1 P Aynsley; 2 A Harrison; 3 G Carr. Haylage: 1 and 2 J Foggon; 3 G Carr. Overall Champion: P Aynsley with round bale hay. Reserve champion: J Cowans with meadow hay.