The role of women in agriculture and rural life is being celebrated this year by the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS).
As their chosen theme for the year, a series of events will be held throughout the summer including a special GAS choir performance, all lady judges and a Rural Heroine of Glendale contest, which will take place at the annual show in August.
The GAS Year of the Lady recognises the important contribution women make to life in the countryside from the essential work of Land Girls during the Second World War, through to the 21st century where a team of females organise the annual Glendale Show.
They also recognise there are many female entrepreneurs behind some of the region’s successful farming and rural enterprises, and they want to ensure they do not go unnoticed.
The Year of the Lady will have a major focus at this year’s show in Wooler on August 29. The show will promote women in rural life throughout the day by selecting an all-female judging team for the livestock classes.
Rachael Tait, who heads the female team that organises the show, said: “Women have always played a crucial role in our community in Glendale, and it’s high time their input and achievements were recognised on a wider stage.
“I’m delighted that we have the chance to celebrate some of our remarkable rural women by making our 2016 theme, Glendale’s Year of the Lady.”