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The damp weather didn’t deter over 23,000 visitors from descending on Bywell yesterday for the annual Northumberland County Show. The morning drizzle proved to be a big bonus for traders and exhibitors with retailers reporting record takings in the Indoor Shopping marquee, Taste of Northumberland Food Hall and Network Artists Gallery. The livestock and shearing marquees were equally busy as hordes of onlookers enjoyed the spectacle of over 350 cattle, 470 sheep, 130 alpacas, 600 horses and thousands of dogs, pigs, goats, rabbits and Guinea pigs being closely evaluated by the judges in each section.

At the end of the day, the top prize – The J S Hubbuck Champion of Champions – went to a magnificent Limousin cow called Glittered, with her calf at foot. Owned by the Messrs Jenkinson from Clifton Moor, Penrith, the judges commented, “It was a very difficult decision, but this beast is an outstanding example of the breed, with exceptional character and quality. Her calf also shows huge potential!” Sybil and George MacPherson, who featured in the BBC series, This Farming Life, had travelled from Dalmally to undertake the judging. Sybil said, “It’s been a huge honour to judge such fantastic animals. We have had an amazing day.”

We know some of you may be concerned following the tragic events in Manchester earlier this week and we want to reassure you the safety of visitors, staff and livestock is our priority.

We’ve been liaising with police and security services and have reviewed our safety plans for the event to ensure public safety is at the forefront.

As a result of the raised threat level to ‘critical’ police have increased the number of officers on duty, both armed and unarmed, to provide a highly visible, reassuring presence across the Northumbria Police area. For the past few years we have had police at the event and it will be no different this year, the only difference will be as with the rest of the Northumbria area people will see armed officers on patrol. This is absolutely nothing to worry about, the officers are there to offer reassurance to those at the event.

Advice is currently remain calm but vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

If you are an exhibitor trader or caterer, steward or volunteer and are on site over the weekend, we are hosting a series of briefings. There are several scheduled already; 7pm Thursday, 4pm Friday and 10am Saturday. Any additional briefings will be conducted on request at timings that are convenient for the individuals concerned.

Where is our Poultry Section?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

After much thought and consideration, and following lengthy consultation with our veterinary advisors and guidance from the ASAO (Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations), the Management Committee have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Poultry Section.

We are very disappointed and saddened to not welcome the usual magnificent display of soft and hard feathered chickens and waterfowl, however we hope you will enjoy the Egg Show that will still be taking place. The organisers have expanded this popular section and look forward to a great display of white, brown, Bantam and Waterfowl eggs, plus several decorated and painted egg classes.

We hope that by 2018 we will once again be able to showcase some of the region’s finest poultry once again, and the public will understand how important animal safety is to the show.

New Recruit at the Show

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

This week the Northumberland County Show organisers welcomed Kerry Robson, of Little Black Hedley, near Shotley Bridge, as their new Show Secretary.

Mum of three, Kerry told us, “I come from a farming family so it was always a treat to come to the County Show as a little girl. I’ve been a regular visitor all my life and now bring my own daughters to the show. I’m proud to join the team that organise this fantastic event which has such a long heritage and reputation in the area.”

Kerry has worked in numerous organisations involved in agriculture, environment and rural affairs, including DEFRA and the Red Squirrel Trust. Kerry also worked alongside her brother Adam Forster at Camperdown Farm in Shotleyfield, before he sadly passed away two years ago. Kerry is no stranger to driving a quad bike around fields of cattle and sheep, and is passionate about all animals. The family have an array of dogs, chickens, ponies, Guinea pigs and other small pets that her three daughters Lauren (13), Ellie (11) and Gracie (9) love looking after.

The Northumberland County Show had a fantastic turn out this year attracting over 26,000 visitors from across the country. With a 90 acre site at Bywell, near Stocksfield, packed with livestock, great family attractions, gourmet food, drink and shopping.

The Shetland Pony Grand National, supported by JS Hubbucks, was a huge hit with the crowd. There was high speed action as a dozen 8-13 year old jockeys raced over the jumps in the main ring on their little ponies.

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