Range of businesses up for Rural Oscars

Longframlington butcher Chris Green with some of his burgers.
Longframlington butcher Chris Green with some of his burgers.

A number of rural businesses from north Northumberland are in the running for the chance to win a prestigious national award.

The shortlist of finalists from the North East has now been announced for the Countryside Alliance Awards 2013, dubbed the Rural Oscars, and there are representatives from the north of the county in each of the four categories.

Regional winners go on to represent the North East nationally in the grand final, to be held at Parliament in April next year.

In the local food category, two businesses from north Northumberland have got the nod – Sunnyhills Farm Shop in Belford and G&S Organics, Christmas Farm, Longframlington.

Longframlington has also scored success in the butcher section, as R Green & Son is nominated again, on the back of winning the regional heat the past two years.

The village of Belford also managed a double nomination as Belford Community Shop takes its place in the village shop/post office category alongside Etal Post Office and Tea Room.

Finally, in the start-up section, Alnwick’s Stone Cottage Bakery has been shortlisted.

Jill Grieve, from the Countryside Alliance, said: “We are delighted by the diversity and obvious passion of North East businesses and look forward to hearing more about what makes them tick as judging gets under way.

“This year’s shortlist displays what is important to people in the region – some of the best produce in the country, strong community values and support for other local businesses.

“I wish everyone luck in this, our annual celebration of rural life.”