Final show hopes to draw sizeable crowd

Alwinton Show 2014'Judging the dog show.
Alwinton Show 2014'Judging the dog show.

The last agricultural show of the year in Northumberland takes place next weekend, marking the end of another successful season.

The 149th Alwinton Show will be held a week on Saturday.

This being just 12 months short of its 150th anniversary, the show’s organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure it passes off without a hitch.

The Coquet Valley event will include a fell race and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, as well as classes for sheep and dogs and horticultural and domestic competitions.

This year’s sponsor is Newcastle’s Daft as a Brush charity.

There will also be a presentation to Rothbury Pipe Band. What is described as a substancial financial donation will be made to the group to mark its 60th anniversary.

That cash will be spent on tuition for younger members.

Show chairman Jimmy Hall said: “We always try to put on a show for both the rural and urban audiences.

“At this stage, we have nearly 300 sheep entered to be in the show, which is the largest amount we’ve had in years.”

Awards for long service will also be handed out to the Cameron family for two shepherds employed for 35 and 48 years respectively.

The show starts at9.30am. Tickets are £6 for adults, £2 for children aged five to 16, and under-fives get in free.

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