Rain washes out country fete

ORGANISERS have reluctantly cancelled one of Northumberland’s most popular fetes.

More than 3,000 people came through the gates last year to support the comeback of The Dyke Neuk Country Show, but this year’s event which was due to take place on Sunday has been called off because of adverse ground conditions.

The huge amount of rain this summer meant the grounds were unfit to provide parking for visitors and stallholders.

Show Committee Chairman Heath Waddington said: “It was a difficult decision for us and we did it reluctantly, but the state of the site meant it was one we had to take.

“Last year was a great success, so hopefully the weather will be kinder in 2013.”

As well as a range of sideshows, members of the Morpeth Hunt were set to make an appearance at the event.