String of records broken at show which attracted plenty of visitors

Sheep scrutiny at this year's Simonside Country Fair.
Sheep scrutiny at this year's Simonside Country Fair.

A string of records were broken at this year’s Simonside Country Fair, which attracted huge crowds on Sunday and has been hailed as a day to remember.

Rothbury’s annual local show proved extremely popular, with visitors coming from as far as Ghana, in Africa, to attend.

The event, which donates 100 per cent of its proceeds to local charities, sported a host of crowd-pleasing thrills and spills.

Highlights included the show’s infamous international egg throwing competition, won this year by local champions Robbie Bullock and Thomas Davison.

Visitors marvelled at this and at many other well-supported spectacles, including the annual fell race.

The run was won for a second successive year by local lad Chris Coe. Winner of the women’s race was Stephanie Scott.

A special prize was awarded to Reg Checkley, who set yet another record as the show’s oldest ever fell runner to complete the course at the sprightly age of 78.

There were also a record number of classes in the make, bake and grow tent, with Millie Cook taking the award for best overall child exhibitor and Julie Famelton collecting the adult prize.

In the dressed stick competition, the Davison Perpetual Challenge Cup was awarded to Jim Bell, while one of Cameron Lillie’s Suffolk ewes was judged to be overall champion in the sheep show.

The increasingly popular Cumberland wrestling tournament had Robert Leiper as the all weights winner, with Freya Waddington picking up the women’s wrestling award.

The Championship winner in the Terrier show was Milly, a Red Lakeland belonging to Joanne Smith, with Border Terrier Gem, owned by Jane Mackenzie, taking the Best Puppy prize.

Commenting on the success of this year’s show, Country Fair secretary Carole Murray said: “We are indebted to our sponsors and supporters, all of whom have helped make the 2015 show another record-breaking day to remember.

“The Simonside Country Fair will return once again on the second Sunday in August next year, when we hope to set even more records and raise thousands of pounds more for local good causes.”

Other things taking place during the day included a children’s fun fair, music from the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, Punch and Judy and a car-boot sale.