Show must go on for new boss Neil

Neil Tait, show director for the annual Glendale Agricultural Show
Neil Tait, show director for the annual Glendale Agricultural Show

Fencer Neil Tait has been appointed as a director of the annual Glendale Agricultural Show.

Directors of the show are responsible for the infrastructure of the whole event, from mapping and planning to organising and constructing pens and fences, as well as sorting out pitches for stands and attractions.

Mr Tait said: “I am one of three show directors who have to put up the whole of the showfield.

“We organise the team and the materials needed, map out the field for rings, exhibitors and stands, ring-fence the field 28 days before, due to licensing restrictions, and also make sure we have the necessary licenses for all the public stands and events that are taking place. It’s a heck of a lot of work over the year.

“I’m a community person, and the Glendale Show is the biggest annual community event we’ve got, so I’m naturally both pleased and honoured to be given the role.”

The 49-year-old, a fencing contractor in Glendale, has worked on the show for four years and has been involved in the event since he was a boy.

The show, held every August Bank Holiday Monday at its traditional showfield home just south of Wooler on the A697, is one of the biggest in North Northumberland, attracting more than 15,000 visitors.

For details, call Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283 868, email or go to