Thousands back return of country show

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MORE than 3,000 people came through the gates on Sunday to support the comeback of The Dyke Neuk Country Show.

Although produce entries were slightly lower than previous years, there were still nearly 600 entries and once again the standards were very high.

The Fun Dog Show was a popular attraction with more than 100 of the animals taking part with their owners. This led onto the Terrier Racing in the afternoon.

There were many stalls raising money and awareness for charities on the field including The Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Ulgham, The Cats Protection League and the Benton Cat & Dog Shelter.

Donations were also collected for The Great North Air Ambulance and further grants will be made by the committee to local causes and charities once all expenses are accounted for.

Committee Chairman Heath Waddington said: “We were delighted with how the show went. It was a bit windy but it stayed dry and there was an excellent turnout from the public.

“We received plenty of compliments from the people who attended and the stallholders and they also said how pleased they were that this community event was back up and running.”

The show had to be cancelled last year due to an insurance claim against the organiser of the original event. A new committee was formed and it managed to stage the event this year after putting together a range of successful fund-raisers and getting a lot of support from local volunteers.

Results

Overall Winners and Cups

Produce: Eric Evans; Fruit and veg: Bob Butcher; Flowers: Eric Evans; Industrial section: Helen Dodd; Winner under 5 years: Will Morris; Winner 6 to 9 years: Ali Wilson, Lucy McGowan and Lucas Jones; Winner 10 to 14 years: Bertie Hinson; Stick section: Tom Thompson.

Flowers

Vase of sweet peas (9 spikes): 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Joan Gledson. Three asters in a vase: 1 Irene Bruce; 2 Helen Dodd; 3 Irene Bruce. Gladioli (1 spike): 1 and 2 Eric Evans; 3 Helen Dodd. Gladioli (3 spikes): 1 and 2 Eric Evans. Vase of mixed herbaceous from open garden: 1 Eric Evans; 2 Helen Dodd.

Vase of mixed annual flowers from open garden: 1 Eric Evans. Basket of flowers from open border: 1 Eric Evans; 2 Helen Dodd. Three pom pom dahlias: 1, 2 and 3 Eric Evans. Three decorative dahlias: 1 Eric Evans. Three cactus dahlias: 1 and 3 Les Dodd; 2 Eric Evans. A single dahlia: 1, 2 and 3 Eric Evans. Bowl of dahlias: 1 and 2 Eric Evans.

One geranium bloom head in a vase: 1 Eric Evans; 2 Helen Dodd. One gent’s button hole and a lady’s spray: 1 and 2 Eric Evans; 3 Helen Dodd. Three hybrid T roses in a vase: 1 and 2 Helen Dodd. Bowl of roses: 1 Helen Dodd. Three pansies on board: 1 and 2 Eric Evans; 3 Helen Dodd. One flower and one vegetable: 1 Helen Dodd; 2 and 3 Eric Evans.

Arrangement not to exceed 8’’: 1 Irene Bruce; 2 Helen Dodd. Arrangement not to exceed 2’6’’: 1 Carol Butcher; 2 Helen Dodd. One vase of cut flowers: 1 Julia Frankland. One pot fuchsia: 1, 2 and 3 Irene Bruce. One pot geranium: 1 Eric Evans; 2 Helen Dodd; 3 Irene Bruce. One pot flowering plant: 1 Irene Bruce; 2 and 3 Eric Evans. One pot foliage: 1 and 3 Eric Evans; 2 Irene Bruce.

Three heads of barley (mounted): 1 Richard Mitchell. Three heads of wheat (mounted) 1 Richard Mitchell. A sample of 2011 hay: 1 and 2 Ann Peart; 3 Sue Mitchell. Six inch bale of hay: 1 Hannah Young.

Vegetables

Three sticks of rhubarb: 1 Joan Gledson; 2 Shaun Fenwick; 3 Jimmy Mills; Collection of 5 salad items: 1 Shaun Fenwick. Six pods runner beans: 1 Bob Butcher; 2 Les Dodd; 3 Joan Gledson. Six pods peas: 1 and 2 Jimmy Mills; 3 Penny Hewitt. Six pods broad beans: 1 Jimmy Mills; 2 Bob Butcher; 3 Jimmy Mills. The longest carrot: 1 and 2 Bob Butcher; 3 Jimmy Mills. Three stump carrots: 1 Bob Butcher; 2 Jimmy Mills.

Three parsnips: 1 Jimmy Mills. The longest parsnip: 1, 2 and 3 Bob Butcher. Three round beetroot: 1 Jimmy Mills; 2 Steve Butters; 3 Shaun Fenwick. Vegetable marrow (under 15’’ in length): 1 and 2 Eric Evans; 3 Joan Gledson. Heaviest vegetable marrow: 1 and 2 Eric Evans; 3 Steve Butters; One intermediate leek (over 6’’ and under 9’’): 1 Jimmy Mills. Three onions dressed (from seed): 1 Les Dodd; 2 Bob Butcher; 3 Eric Evans. Three onions dressed (from sets): 1, 2 and 3 Bob Butcher. Three red onions: 1 Ron Macrae; 2 Joan Gledson; 3 Jimmy Mills.

One celery head: 3 Anna Wilson. Three turnips: 1 Jimmy Mills; 2 Claire Preston. Six white shallots: 1, 2 and 3 Bob Butcher. Six red shallots: 1 Ron Macrae. One cauliflower: 1 Les Dodd. One cucumber (with flower): 1 Claire Preston; 2 Penny Hewitt; 3 Jimmy Mills. Four courgettes: 1 Les Dodd; 2 Shaun Fenwick; 3 Jimmy Mills.

One round cabbage: 1 Les Dodd; 2 Shaun Fenwick; 3 Jimmy Mills. Six tomatoes: 1 and 2 Irene Bruce; 3 Dennis Coulson. Four round potatoes: 1, 2 and 3 Bob Butcher. Four kidney potatoes: 1 Eric Evans; 2 Shaun Fenwick; 3 Jimmy Mills. Four round potatoes, coloured: 1, 2 and 3 Bob Butcher. Four kidney potatoes, coloured: 1 and 2 Bob Butcher; 3 Otis Gilbert.

Vegetable erotica, odd shaped vegetable: 1 Claire Preston; 2 Bill Stoker; 3 Jake Watson. Three stump carrots: 1 Sue Mitchell. Four potatoes: 1 Otis Gilbert. One lettuce: 1 Joan Gledson.

Craft

A hand-knitted garment: 1 Mary Straughan; 2 Ann Coulson; 3 Irene Bruce. An article of cross stitch: 1 Kaylea Sandford; 2 Lesley Vest; 3 Melanie Hinson. A decorated egg, any size: 1 Claire Preston; 2 and 3 Holly Rushton; A painting, any medium: 1 and 2 Susan Gould; 3 Ann Peart; A hand-made item of woodwork/metalwork: 1 Terry Garnick; 2 Shaun Fenwick; 3 Claire Preston.

Industrial

Loaf of white bread: 1 Jennifer Cooper; 2 Helen Dodd. Loaf of brown bread: 1 Laura Cooper; 2 Helen Dodd. Loaf of speciality bread: 1 Helen Dodd. Four oven scones (fruit): 1 Libby Younge; 2 Penny Hewitt; 3 Shaun Fenwick. Four cheese scones: 1 Penny Hewitt; 2 Irene Bruce; 3 Shaun Fenwick. One Victoria sandwich cake (filled): 1 Libby Younger; 2 and 3 Irene Bruce. One chocolate sponge cake (filled): 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Gillian McEwan.

Four butterfly cakes: 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Penny Hewitt; 3 Libby Younger. A fruit cake: 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Penny Hewitt; 3 Karen Barrett. Four rock buns: 1 Libby Younger; 2 and 3 Irene Bruce. Four girdle scones: 1 and 3 Libby Younger; 2 Helen Dodd.

Apple pie: 1 Kathleen Mitchell; 2 Laura Cooper; 3 Shaun Fenwick. The Jim Mates Memorial Class, a pastry decorated jam tart: 1 Irene Bruce. A savoury flan: 1 Shaun Fenwick; 2 Sue Mitchell; 3 Helen Dodd. A corned beef pie: 1 Alan Hepple; 2 Helen Dodd; 3 Shaun Fenwick.

Four chocolate brownies: 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Marie Jones; 3 Karen Barrett. Four gingersnaps: 1 Helen Dodd. Lemon meringue flan: 1 Irene Bruce; 2 Helen Dodd; 3 Libby Younger. One jar lemon curd: 1 Penny Hewitt; 2 Libby Younger; 3 Helen Dodd. One jar raspberry jam: 1 Penny Hewitt; 2 Helen Dodd. One jar strawberry jam: 1 Penny Hewitt; 2 Joan Gledson; 3 Helen Dodd. One jar blackcurrant jam: 1 Helen Dodd; 2 Joan Gledson; 3 Christine Britch. One jar orange marmalade: 1 Gillian McEwan; 2 Penny Hewitt; 3 Christine Britch. One jar chutney: 1 Karen Barrett; 2 Helen Dodd; 3 Penny Hewitt.

Cookery disaster class: 1 Otis Gilbert. One bottle home-made liqueur: 1 Karen Barrett; 2 Gayle Whitworth, 3 Anna Wilson. Three large brown eggs: 1 Claire Preston; 2 Charlotte Davison; 3 Abbey Davison. Three large white eggs: 1 Albert Thompson; 2 Claire Preston; 3 Sarah Manson. One large egg, any colour: 1 Chloe Simpson; 2 Claire Preston; 3 Albert Thompson. One large egg, any colour (broken on plate): 1 Sarah Manson; 2 Otis Gilbert; 3 Alison Kayte. Three brown bantam eggs: 1 Beverly Younger; 2 Albert Thompson. Three white bantam eggs: 1 Claire Preston; 2 Libby Younger; 3 Beverly Younger.

One bantam egg, any colour: 1 Beverly Younger; 2 Sue Mitchell; 3 Albert Thompson. One bantam egg, any colour (broken on plate): 1 Sarah Manson; 2 Sue Mitchell; 3 Albert Thompson. One duck egg: 1 Beverly Younger; 2 Libby Younger; 3 Claire Preston.

Photography. The natural world: 1 Jonathan Kellagher; 2 Allan Frankland; 3 Helen Regan. Northumberland’s winter wonderland, January 2011: 1 Janet Kerwin; 2 Allan Frankland; 3 John Regan. Our animal friends: 1 Ann Peart; 2 Jonathan Kellagher; 3 Kate Macrae. Best photograph taken by a child under 16 years (any subject): 1 Bertie Hinson; 2 and 3 Ross Dowd. Purely for laughs: 1 Janet Kerwin; 2 Libby Carr; 3 Jennifer Cooper.

Children

Under 5 years. Three decorated gingerbread men: 1 Will Morris. A painted picture, My Dad and Mum: 1 Cassie Mitchell.

Six to 9 years. A vegetable alien: 1 Ellie Forster; 2 Lucas Jones; 3 Rebecca McGowan; A decorated sponge cake: 1 Lucas Jones; 2 Henry Morris. A garden on a dinner plate: 1 Lucy McGowan; 2 Ali Wilson; 3 Josie Forster. A decorated hard boiled egg: 1 Phoebe Rushton; 2 Minty McGowan; 3 Phoebe Rushton. A vase of flowers: 1 Ali Wilson; 2 Lucy McGowan.

Ten to 14 years. A pencil drawing: 1 Bertie Hinson; 2 Libby Carr; 3 Holly Rushton. A home-made sponge cake, decorated: 1 Libby Carr. A garden on a dinner plate: 1 Kziah Gilbert; 2 Ellie Forster; 3 Callum Wilson. A hand-made item, A Gift for Mum: 1 Chloe Simpson; 2 Bertie Hinson; 3 Libby Carr. An arrangement of flowers: 1 Callum Wilson; 2 Bertie Hinson.

Stick dressing

Best dressed plain horn head stick: 1, 2 and 3 Tom Thompson. Best dressed fancy horn stick: 1 and 3 Roger Kim; 2 Tom Thompson. Best dressed half head stick: 1 and 3 Tom Thompson, 2 Roger Kim. Best dressed wood stick, plain: 1 Roger Kim; 2 and 3 Paul Clark. Best dressed wood stick, fancy: 1 Roger Kim; 2 Paul Clark; 3 Tom Thompson. Best dressed thumb stick, wood or horn: 1 and 3 Tom Thompson; 2 Roger Kim. Walking stick, wood or horn: 1, 2 and 3 Bill Jackson.