Show pulls in the crowds

The Simonside Fell Race sets off.
The Simonside Fell Race sets off.
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AS the day dawned, the clouds parted above a north Northumberland village ahead of its annual show last weekend.

So the 96th Thropton Show and Sports took place in glorious sunshine on Saturday.

Adam Brown, Kip and Sylvia Linnett. Kip won best in show and best dog handled by an under 14.

Adam Brown, Kip and Sylvia Linnett. Kip won best in show and best dog handled by an under 14.

Alongside all of the usual entries in the horticultural, industrial and children’s sections, the showfield hosted a dog rally, quoits, terrier racing, pony sports and music from the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band.

For the first time in 27 years at the show, a tug-of-war contest took place, this time for the Phillip Easton Memorial Trophy, and was won by the team of Mark Charlesworth, Steven Bridgett, Darren Smith, Tony Irving and David Troup.

Earlier in the afternoon, Phil Sanderson was victorious in the Simonside Fell Race.

Show chairman Melanie Scott said: “Despite the weather yesterday, it’s turned out to be a brilliant day. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.

Phil Sanderson, just after winning the fell race.

Phil Sanderson, just after winning the fell race.

“The show has been well supported as usual.”

Action from the tug of war.

Action from the tug of war.

The winners of the Phillip Easton Memorial Trophy in the tug of war with show chairman Melanie Scott. l-R Mark Charlesworth, Steven Bridgett, Darren Smith, Tony Irving and David Troup.

The winners of the Phillip Easton Memorial Trophy in the tug of war with show chairman Melanie Scott. l-R Mark Charlesworth, Steven Bridgett, Darren Smith, Tony Irving and David Troup.

Margaret Sinclair, winner of the Dennis Davidson Memorial Trophy.

Margaret Sinclair, winner of the Dennis Davidson Memorial Trophy.

David Neve, winner of the Thropton Show Challenge Cup.

David Neve, winner of the Thropton Show Challenge Cup.