THE historic Ovingham Goose Fair returned to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Taking place last Saturday, hundreds turned out for the event which made a comeback after a six-year break. 

The event, traditionally held on the third Saturday in June, dates back to the 13th century.
And after its reinstatement in 1969, the Goose Fair became an important and much-anticipated event in the village’s calendar.

But due to work on Ovingham Bridge and flooding issues, it had not taken place since 2013. 

This year, a smaller and more traditional version of the fair took place, with village stalls including the WI, a craft stall, Ovingham Community Orchard and Go Local. 

One of the organisers, Neville Gray, said: "It's been a very positive year for the fair, and it's great to return after six years away.

"This year, the Ovi Fun group hosted games for children as part of the fair which brought people of all ages to the village green."

A special service to remember one of the founding members of the fair in 1969, Douglas Mennear, also took place.

Neville added: "We had his wife Val read the opening proclamation to open the fair which was a nice fitting tribute."

Traditional music was provided by the Northumbrian Pipers, Hexham Brass Band, The Bells of St Mary's and Uplifted Choir with dancing by Hexham Morris Dancers and Energize Dance Studio.