Hundreds expected to flock to Slaley Show in Northumberland

Hundreds are expected to flock to a picturesque Northumberland village today as one of county’s oldest shows takes place

Sheep judging at the 2010 Slaley Show
Sheep judging at the 2010 Slaley Show

Hundreds are expected to flock to a picturesque Northumberland village today as one of county’s oldest shows takes place.

Slaley Show, now in its 154th year, offers a range of entertainment and activities for all the family.

There are children’s sports, a performance by Stanhope Brass Band, alpacas, rare breed cattle and poultry, craft and trade stands, Irish dancers, and a bouncy castle.

In addition, there are ferret classes, ferret racing, roulette and walking; quoits, dog jumping, Mrs Merlin the magician, galloping gymnasts and flying eagles, Punch and Judy, terrier racing and a craft demonstrations bar.

New attractions include the addition of a food hall featuring Northumberland Sausage Company from Wark, Trotters Family Bakers from Seahouses, Dilleys of Hexham, The Moody Baker from Barnard Castle, and Kenspeckle Northumbrian Confectionary from Lynemouth.

There is also a new section sponsored by The Friends of The North Pennines AONB to acknowledge the archaeological project taking place within the parish around the Dukesfield Arches, the remains of the biggest lead ore works in Europe circa 1600-1835.

The section, with its own marquee, will see a Dukesfield Trophy awarded for the most outstanding exhibit.

The show’s organising committee was last night putting the final touches to the site.

Secretary Catherine Lincoln said: “We are looking forward to good weather, the sun is actually shining here!

“We have got over 1,500 entries which is a really good year for us.

“The field is full of attractions.

“We had 4,000 last year came through the gates, it is turning into quite a sizeable show.

“We had a lot of new people come to the show last year and we are hoping they come back.”

Entry is �5 for adults, �4 concessions and free for under 12s.

Dogs are welcome and parking is on the show field.

Slaley Show began life in 1845 as The Slaley and Hexhamshire Floral and Horticultural Society Show.

By 1870 it was known as The Annual Sunday School Festival and Flower Show.

In 1902 it became the Slaley Flower Butter and Poultry Show.

In its long history the show has faced some cancellations with two world wars, foot and mouth in 1966 and 2001, and heavy rain in 1956, 2004 and 2011.

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