More than 23,000 enjoy the delights of the Northumberland County Show

More than 23,000 people are thought to have visited Bywell Hall, in Stocksfield, Northumberland, for the annual Northumberland County Show

The Northumberland County Show 2014 at Bywell, Northumberland
The Northumberland County Show 2014 at Bywell, Northumberland

From Dingle Fingle to the Kangaroo Kid, thousands of people baked in the spring sunshine at this year’s Northumberland County Show.

More than 23,000 people are thought to have visited Bywell Hall, in Stocksfield, Northumberland, for the annual agricultural show.

And while livestock classes included the finest examples of cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, alpacas and goats, there was entertainment for everyone at the massive event.

 

Professional clown Dingle Fingle entertained the crowds while Australian stuntman Matt Coulter’s alter-ego, the Kangaroo Kid, performed death-defying stunts on his quad bike.

And thousands of people topped up their tans as the sun beat down on families while they enjoyed fine foods and locally produced beverages.

The Journal’s very own Taste marquee made its return for the sixth consecutive year. As many as 60 of the region’s finest food and drink producers set up camp for the day.

Show secretary Gaynor Scandle said fears of a downpour were allayed – leaving many ill-prepared for the weather. She said: “The sun came out and we couldn’t really ask for more than that.

 

“Everyone was worried that it was going to rain but then it’s been absolutely perfect. People were desperate for a bit of sunshine and people have gone home happy – it’s been amazing.”

New attractions this year included a Tug-of-War Tournament and a Strong Man Competition, both taking place in the new Castle Arena.

And there were shows including birds of prey and horses and sheep sheering classes were on offer. Visitors also enjoyed a shopping marquee, chainsaw carving, Parade of Hounds, climbing wall, mountain biking, and Laser Clay Shooting Range and fly casting in the river simulator.

There were more than 300 trade stands, some showcasing the very latest in cutting-edge technology, others offering beautiful and unique crafts.

It was the show’s second year at the Stocksfield venue after organisers decided it had outgrown its original home at Corbridge’s Tynedale Park.

Gaynor said: “People were here and they were sat with a pint and the sun was out. It was just an amazing day and everyone had a wonderful time.”

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