New chapter for village contest

Bookworms are being invited to express their opinions of favourite tomes by organisers of one of the region’s oldest established annual events.

Warkworth Show is adding the literary class to the hundreds of competitions scheduled to take place at the 142nd staging of the event in the castle grounds on Saturday, August 17.

Reviews of 200 words or less of a favourite book can be submitted in two classes by adults and teenagers as can poems of up to 20 lines on the subject of travelling. Entries must be in by August 10. They can be sent to Julie Mohon, 4 Albion Close, Warkworth, NE65 0UE, emailed to or left at Gray’s shop in Castle Street, Warkworth.

Show chairman Chris Howliston said: “While Warkworth Show has a richly-deserved reputation for excellence in the traditional events such as flowers, fruit, vegetables, baking and crafts, the organising committees have strived to widen the show’s appeal by adding new items.

“In recent years we have introduced the fun run, dog scurry and show, and countless categories for children.”

Among this year’s displays will be an exhibition dedicated to show benefactor, the late Mark ‘Markie’ Patterson who owned a garage in the village until 1990 and who left money in his will to fund show projects.

The castle and stalls open at 10am with the show beginning at noon. There will also be family-orientated entertainment including children’s fancy dress, craft stalls, and music and dance in the castle.

Admission is £6 for adults (concessions £5), children £3 (under-fives free), family ticket £15, English Heritage members free.