Alwinton closes the show season with host of events

Alwinton Show 2013'Girls wrestling
Alwinton Show 2013'Girls wrestling

A wealth of events, exhibits and entertainment will be on offer as Alwinton Show closes the season on Saturday.

It is one of the largest shows in the valley and showcases some of the best rural Northumberland has to offer.

There is something for everhong, including terrier racing, a sheep show, fell races, stick dressing, a display from Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, dog shows and trials, farmers’ market, trade stands and a craft tent.

For Rothbury Wrestling Academy, the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling event is one of the highlights of the season for the sport.

Wrestlers come from Cumbria and Scotland to compete against Northumbrians in a competition involving girls, boys, men and women.

Competing for an increased prize money pot of more than £1,500, this is one of the key events on the wrestling calendar, with the 14-stone class winner taking home £400.

Darren Whitfield, coach at Rothbury, said the sport has been given a huge boost this year.

He said: “We are seeing a real interest amongst both competitors and spectators. The sport is accessible for all – each wrestler has a different level of strength and we train them in techniques and timing so that skill can match strength. I am hoping many people will come along to the Alwinton Show and get inspired to take part in the sport.”

Admission is £6 adults, £5 OAPs and £2 children.