Local launch event for country awards

(L-R) Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Simon Hamlyn, Regional Director (North) at the Countryside Alliance.
(L-R) Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Simon Hamlyn, Regional Director (North) at the Countryside Alliance.

COUNTY residents are being urged to highlight their favourite rural business.

This year’s Countryside Alliance Awards for the North East were recently launched at the Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park as part of the organisation’s unique annual celebration of high-quality shops and produce in various communities.

Nicknamed the Rural Oscars, these awards are broad in scope, highly coveted and a great morale boost to those in the running.

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, joined Simon Hamlyn – Regional Director (North) at the Countryside Alliance – to encourage more entries from people living in Northumberland.

She said: “The launch was a great success. We had representatives from regular entrants like the Belsay shop, Blagdon Farm Shop and Greens the Butcher alongside new business entries such as G&S Organics from Longframlington, and the Cornhill Village Shop.

“We hope that customers will take a few moments to nominate the suppliers of wonderful local produce as I am very keen to see a larger number of Northumberland entrants to the national competition this year.

“We have amazing local produce as well as hard-working and committed producers and retailers.”

The Countryside Alliance Awards were established to acknowledge the efforts of thousands of unsung heroes who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty for their communities.

Mr Hamlyn said: “We want to share the great news of Northumberland’s local businesses with the rest of the UK and hopefully, we will get dozens of new entries from the county this year.”

Customers wishing to nominate a business can do so by visiting www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk – where they can put forward their entry online or order a form. The deadline is November 1.