Winners to be announced at rural oscars tonight

The Countryside Alliance Awards
The Countryside Alliance Awards

The winners of the regional Countryside Alliance awards, dubbed the rural oscars, are to be announced tonight.

Designed to celebrate the spirit and determination of the people and businesses that day in, day out, go that extra mile and contribute so much to the communities which underpin the countryside, the finalists from the North East will find out if they have won in an awards night at Blagdon Hall this evening.

In north Northumberland there are six finalists in the running across different categories.

In the local food category Sunnyhills Farm Shop at Belford and G&S Organics of Longframlington are up against Whitley Bay’s Your Local Larder and Broom House Farm at Witton Gilbert.

Etal Post Office is shortlisted in the village shop/Post Office category, along with Belford Community Shop. The businesses face competition from Bardon Mill Village Store and Tea Room and The Old Village Shop at Consett.

In the butcher’s category R Green and Son from Longframlington have been put forward alongside Blagdon Farm Shop, North Acomb Farm Shop and William Peat Butchers and Deli at Consett.

And in the start-up category the Stone Cottage Bakery, run by Sarah Hutchinson in Alnwick, is in the shortlist with Zen Baker of Bellingham, Wyld Fire of Kielder and the Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park.

The results will be announced on the Gazette website tomorrow.