The marquee stayed anchored on a wild and windy afternoon at Forestburngate, south of Rothbury, Northumberland, on Sunday for The Gate’s 14th annual Hay Show and Charity Pledge auction.
The crowd was entertained by the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band, while Richard Oliver and Denise Brown, new managers at The Gate, delivered delicious roast pork and beef sandwiches.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, giving friends the opportunity to meet and catch up on the local news.
The committee would like to thank judges Jayne Watson, Alan Hawkins and Bruce Douglas, as well as Hexham & Northern Marts for their support, and their auctioneer Chris Armstrong for conducting the auction, keeping everyone in very good humour and persuading people to part with their hard-earned cash in an excellent cause.
Huge thanks also to Hedley Heron, William Milburn and The Gate pub for organising the event, and all the local people and businesses who together contributed more than 120 wonderful pledges for the charity auction.
There was plenty of splendid baking on offer, meals and afternoon teas, MOTs and trailer loads of logs.
The whole afternoon made well over £3,000 and profits from the Hay Show, which are donated to help charities and good causes for children and families, will be distributed later in the year, after the committee’s summer event, the Simonside Country Fair, which will take place on August 10.
Chris Armstrong announced the competition results and asked everyone to sponsor Hedley’s Big Ride this July, when Hay Show treasurer Hedley Heron is setting off on a circular cycling trip of mega proportions, in aid of the Great Northern Air Ambulance, starting and finishing in Rothbury but also visiting Lands End and John O’Groats.
The Hay Show and Simonside Country Fair committees are supporting Hedley’s Big Ride and will be assisting with en-route back-up.
Results: Seed Hay - 1st and 2nd, D Harvey; 3rd, W Milburn. Meadow Hay - 1st, J Cowans, 2nd and 3rd, W Milburn. Round Bale Hay - 1st, P Aynsley, 2nd, A Harrison, 3rd, G Carr. Haylage - 1st and 2nd, J Foggon, 3rd, G Carr. Overall Champion - P Aynsley with round bale hay, the first time that round bale hay has won as overall champion. Reserve Champion, J Cowans with meadow hay.