THE ANNUAL Whalton Village Show took place on Saturday September 15, raising funds for St Mary Magdalene Church, Whalton Primary School and Whalton Village Hall.

The antics of Indian Runner Ducks from Loch Lomond brought smiles and cheers as they dashed up and down a duck helter skelter and were herded over bridges and into hoops by Mark Wylie and his collie

Young Irish Dancers from the McGuinness School of Irish Dancing amazed and enchanted the crowds with their easy athleticism and footwork.

The good summer allowed for competitors to showcase their baking prowess with more entries than ever entered into the industrial classes and vegetable, fruit and flower show.

This year’s exhibition in the Church was set against harvest festival decorations and commemorated the centenary of the First World War.

Items were lent by John Sadler and by the Blyth Battery and a raft of poppies had been knitted by parishioners. Haunting the church were seven silhouettes representing the seven men, of the 51 from Whalton who served, and who lost their lives during that Great War.

Gifted by a grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund from the There but Not There campaign, they will remain in place in the Church until Remembrance Day, November 11 2018.

The sun shone brightly in the afternoon for the children’s races and face painting, and there was guaranteed fun for all ages as sheep racing, a dog show, the King Edward VI Steel Band, a trade tent, the book fair and over 70 Classic Cars from all over the country were on hand to entertain visitors.

Local and homemade refreshments were also showcased as well as, vintage Ferguson tractors displaying their ploughing prowess.

Organiser Lucy Bird said: "We are now thinking how we can make it even bigger and better next year."