A fitting finale!

Alwinton Show 2011
Alwinton Show 2011

FLYING terriers, ducks on slides and more sheep than you could shake a stick at made this year’s Alwinton Border Shepherds’ Show an animal-tastic treat to end the annual show season.

Large crowds braved the almost continual rain to enjoy a packed programme of events, including the traditional sheep show, plus an array of competitions and contests, ranging from fell racing to the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling world-championships.

But it was the show’s famous terrier racing which drew the biggest audience, as spectators lined the track to see the energetic little dogs tackle a sprint course with three jumps.

And there was also entertainment and skill in equal measure in the dog and ducks display, which featured an obstacle course.

The sheep show was a resounding success for Harbottle farmer Daniel Wood, who took four trophies and finished as reserve champion, although he was pipped to the overall title by Tynedale’s James Halbert.

Morpeth Harrier Jonnie Nisbet won the junior fell race, while 23-year-old Rothbury runner Nick Swinburn took the adult event.

The races were sponsored by Brian Burnie’s cancer patient charity Daft as a Brush.