Popular rural show is back in business for day of family fun

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A POPULAR family fun day in rural Northumberland is back in business.

The Dyke Neuk Country Show had to be cancelled last year because of an on-going insurance case dating back to a previous year of the event.

But a new committee has been formed to carry on the tradition of staging a range of attractions and competitions to raise money for different charities.

The volunteers were joined by members of the farming community at the weekend to set up the tents and other facilities for the show in Meldon on Sunday.

The entertainment includes Northumbrian music, a performance from the North Tyneside Pipe Band, miniature pony rides, terrier racing, craft demonstrations, a ducking stool and forms of dancing such as Irish and Highland.

Committee Chairman Heath Waddington said: “The event is a bit like a phoenix rising from the ashes as we have come together and managed to raise money from scratch to put on some attractions and cover the insurance for those taking part and the people attending.

“We hope that people will once again come along from all over Northumberland and everyone here is looking forward to the show.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

“As in previous years we are steering away from commercialism and charities have the opportunity to show at the event what they do in the region.”

The event will also contain a fun dog show and stick dressing show, a horticultural and produce tent, a penalty shoot area, tombola and raffle.

There will be a licensed bar and plenty of refreshments.

It will run from 11am to 5pm. Tickets are priced £3 for adults, £2 for children and £7 for families.

The Meldon Bridge has finally re-opened and there is a large free car park next to the showfield, which will be operated by Morpeth Explorer Scouts.