Learn more about book on village and Great War at show

Admiring the produce at last year's show.
Admiring the produce at last year's show.

There will be plenty of fun and games to enjoy at the sixth annual Stannington Make, Bake, Grow and Show on Saturday.

As in previous years, the wacky wheelbarrow race outside the Ridley Arms will provide plenty of entertainment. It starts at 4pm.

Other attractions include music from the Northumberland Scottish Pipes & Drums Band, a dog show, ferret roulette and a fire engine, which will be brought along by the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

There will also be races and games for children, a best dressed scarecrow competition and a grand raffle and plenty of refreshments will be available.

Traditional show categories will take place in the village hall and the auction of produce will be held at the Ridley Arms from 6pm.

The show starts at 2pm – it will be opened by local county councillor Eileen Armstrong. Admission is £1.50 for adults and free for children.

Those who attend the event can also speak with Richard Tolson and Mark Legard, who are working on a book that has been commissioned to tell the story of the parish of Stannington and the wartime exploits of the men either born in the village or who were a resident there at the time of World War I.

It has been made possible following the discovery of four parish magazines from this era and a memorial roll from Netherton Training School.

These discoveries, coupled with online resources, local archives and family memorabilia, should make for a detailed and lasting memorial to some 250 men who answered the call and served their country during the Great War.

The book has the support of Lord Ridley, Stannington Parish Council and Rev Catherine Pickford among others.

It is expected to be released on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on November 11, 2018. Proceeds from the sales will be used to support community projects in the area.

Mr Tolson is a part-time family historian and he writes a monthly column in the Stannington Parish magazine.

Anyone who is unable to attend the show on Saturday but has information and/or photographs about any of the 250 men that could be useful for the book are asked to contact him – telephone 01670 789212 or email richm.tolson@yahoo.com