A well-known figure in North East farming has been lined up to judge the main prize at this year’s Northumberland County Show.
Brian Rogerson, who is chairman of Hexham Auction Mart, will be the judge of the champion of champions prize at this year’s show, the largest agricultural show in the North East.
The prize is the main award at the event, due to take place at Bywell on May 25.
Mr Rogerson is no stranger to the show, having been its secretary and then show director from 1991 to 2007.
He said: “In those days it was very much a part time job, and I juggled it with working at the mart and bringing up my son, who was only young then. Back then the show was held at Tynedale Park in Corbridge, and although we still had thousands of visitors, it was not nearly as big an event as it is today.”
Mr Rogerson, who lives in Ponteland, was granted life membership following his retirement from the executive committee, and is still an enthusiastic volunteer at the event.
He will be called into action at the Grand Parade at 3pm, in which the champions from the other sections are gathered together for final judging. It is the personal opinion of the judge that dictates the winner.
Mr Rogerson added: “My highlight of the County Show is always the Grand Parade – it’s such a magnificent sight. Every animal there is a champion in its own right, and I get to judge which of them will become the champion of champions. I’m very excited about it.”
The Champion of Champions event is sponsored by JS Hubbuck and Sons, the agricultural merchants based at Hexham Mart, whose proprietor Geoff Hubbuck was the judge last year.
Show Secretary Judy Willis said: “I’m delighted that Brian has accepted our invitation to judge the most prestigious competition at the show. His background and experience provide him with impeccable credentials for the role.”
Entries for the county show are now open, with a closing date of April 25. Schedules can be downloaded from www.northcountyshow.co.uk .
- The Northumberland County Show is held at Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, from 9am until 6pm.