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The sun was shining on Northumberland County Show on Bank Holiday Friday as 25,000 people descended on Bywell to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and enjoy a glorious day in the countryside.

The Show’s Chairman, Mark Scandle announced, “After a two year absence, we are delighted with the attendance figures and brilliant feedback from our visitors. We are very proud of our show and this year’s success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organising team, and the hundreds of volunteers who make this amazing event happen. It is wonderful to be back!”

Equally happy were Steven O’Kane and his fiancée Helen who picked up the top prize of the day. Steven is farm manager for Thor Atkinson of Plumpton, in South Cumbria whose magnificent Limousin Bull ‘Upperffrydd Power’ scooped the crown of JS Hubbucks Champion of Champions.

The judge, Scott Donaldson, auctioneer at Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle, explained his choice, “He stood out with his presence and quality. He has everything: conformation, width, temperament and of course, power. He was the clear leader on the day.”

Visitors to the Northumberland County Show are delighted that the much loved agricultural event is returning on Friday 3rd June at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield. After Covid caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 shows, ambitious plans for the summer comeback involve a new line up of Principal Partners.

Mark Scandle, Chairman of Tynedale Agricultural Society, explained, “We are very grateful to our top level sponsors, this year more than ever. We are thrilled that our longstanding partners, youngsRPS, Muckle LLP and Sage Wealth Management, have stood by us throughout the difficult last two years, and we welcome new partners, Ad Gefrin. Their combined investment provides a strong financial foundation during the planning phases of the Show, enabling it to be bigger and better than ever before.”

The new Visitor Experience and Whisky Distillery in Wooler, Ad Gefrin, is set to become one of Northumberland’s must-visit destinations when it opens in autumn 2022. Founder, Eileen Ferguson explained why the show is a perfect partner for Ad Gefrin, “We are absolutely delighted to be a Principal Sponsor of the Northumberland County Show.  The Ad Gefrin Visitor Experience and Distillery will celebrate the Golden Age of Northumbria when people travelled from all over the world to visit the 7th century royal court at Yeavering. It is synonymous with Northumberland’s age-old hospitality and showcases the very best arts, crafts and produce that contemporary Northumberland has to offer today.  There is therefore a perfect synergy in partnering the County Show that celebrates the very best of our agricultural community with a welcome that draws people from across the region.”

Following our recent AGM in November the Management and Organising Committee for the Northumberland County Show are now in full swing with preparations for the 2022 show.

It’s great to be back following a two year break due to Covid.

The Show’s new Chairman, Mr Mark Scandle, from Hexham, explained, “we are delighted to have the show team back together again and we’re excited to be planning next year’s show, which due to the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations will now be on BH Friday 3rd June 2022.”

We will be looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors, volunteers, competitors and traders, from across the NE region, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Scotland and further afield to this one-day agricultural event. Mark continued, “It takes many months of intense work to organise an event of this scale, but we feel certain that the show will go ahead in a safe and secure way for all attending next June.”

After months of deliberation, Tynedale Agricultural Society Ltd have announced this week that they will not be running the much loved Northumberland County Show, which was to be held on 31st May 2021.

The Show’s Chairman, Robert Raine, farmer from East Woodburn, explained, “It is with a very heavy heart that we have taken this difficult decision, but with another lockdown in place and no sign of restrictions easing, we felt we could not take the risk to public health and the safety of our volunteers and staff.”

With thousands of volunteers, competitors and traders, this one-day agricultural event welcomes over 26,000 visitors from across the NE region, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Scotland and further afield. Robert continued, “It takes several months of intense work to organise an event of this scale, but with the uncertainty of how long it will take to get back to some form of normality, it is just not possible to run the show this year. We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this will cause, but we are sure everyone understands that protecting our community and visitors is our number one priority.”

Tynedale Agricultural Society Ltd, the charitable organisation behind the popular Northumberland County Show, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Northumberland County Show, which attracts over 26,000 visitors to the ninety acre site in the grounds of Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, would have taken place last weekend. It is held every year on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May but sadly, this year’s show was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For nearly one hundred and seventy years, the ‘Northumberland Show’ has been a much-loved highlight for farmers, equestrians, competitors and the general public. Despite its huge scale, the event operates thanks to an army of volunteers. Mr. Robert Raine, Chairman, explained, “Throughout the year the society’s Committee, which consists of over sixty volunteers, meet to coordinate their sections and provide information to the twelve members of the Management Committee. We have only one full time paid employee, and another part time, so we rely on a lot of goodwill and ongoing commitment from many individuals. On show day, every single member of our team gives up his or her time voluntarily for the benefit of others. It’s a remarkable achievement.”

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