A TRADITIONAL town show which has been a mainstay for more than 50 years will not take place this year due to pressure on volunteers.

Prudhoe Town Show, which usually takes place in September and attracts gardeners, cooks and those showing off their handicrafts, will take a break this year.

Run by Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association at the Prudhoe United Services Club, the show attracts strong entries and is a prominent event in the town.

But Paul Muto, chairman of Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association said they had been “stretched to the limit” this year, with their duties which include running the group’s hut in West Wylam and managing its sites.

In a statement released by Prudhoe Gardeners’ Association, it stated that volunteers had found they did not have the capacity to deliver the show to the standard it is known for.

While the group said it realised the news would be a big disappointment, it wanted to let people know so they could make plans to display their goods at one of the other local shows in the area.

“We have every intention of delivering a top notch show in 2020 and would welcome support from PGA members and the wider community to make next year’s show a big success,” the group’s statement by Mr Muto read. “Please let us know if you would be willing to help out.”