Crowds come in droves to biggest and best show yet

Kevin Young with the Overall Champion sheep.
Kevin Young with the Overall Champion sheep.

A bumper crowd, a new fell-run record and an award-winning exhibitor from Kenya – this year’s Powburn Show was a memorable one.

With the sun shining, Saturday’s event – the first in the north Northumberland country show season – proved to be a massive success.

Russel Robinson with best Lakeland terrier Mick and Amy Robinson with best puppy Flint.

Russel Robinson with best Lakeland terrier Mick and Amy Robinson with best puppy Flint.

The industrial tent attracted more than 500 entries and exhibits came from far and wide.

One little girl, Erin Richardson, entered while she was on holiday from Kenya. And she went away with a huge grin after winning first place for her decorated egg.

There was a fantastic turnout of more than 60 runners for the fell race, which is becoming a popular event at the show.

Entrants came from as far away as Northamptonshire and a new course record was set by Seahouses man Carl Avery, of Morpeth Harriers, with a very fast time of 22min 42secs.

Sheep judging.

Sheep judging.

The sheep section was once again well represented with Kevin Young winning the Arthur Balmbro Perpetual Cup for Overall Champion for his Texel gimmer. Reserve went to Jimmy Elliot for his mule ewe.

The craft tent was very well supported, with a wide variety of goods on show.

One stallholder, Heather Foggon, from The Chirnells Farmhouse Kitchen, declared: “It was a great show for me - the best to date.”

There was also a visit by the Gallery of Wonder, which is touring the county and will also be in attendance at Alwinton Show in October.

Jimmy Elliot with the Reserve Champion mule ewe.

Jimmy Elliot with the Reserve Champion mule ewe.

There was a dog show for terriers run by Geoff Sugars and a novelty dog show run by Cheviot Vets, both with plenty of entrants. The terrier racing once again proved very entertaining.

TV star Robson Green took part in Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling at last year’s show, as part of filming for the More Tales from Northumberland programme.

While the Hexham-born actor was not in attendance this time round, spectators showed their appreciation for the competitors and the sport.

The show’s caravan secretary Yvette Hope said: “This year’s show attracted a record crowd and good displays in all events. It was a brilliant day for everyone and let’s hope all the shows this year are as well attended.”

Gordon Mckenzie and best of breed Buster.

Gordon Mckenzie and best of breed Buster.

Crowds enjoy the show tent.

Crowds enjoy the show tent.

On the showfield.

On the showfield.

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.