ALSTON was hailed as the region’s friendliest show as organisers and entrants toasted another great success.

Hundreds of people turned out of the town’s big day on Saturday, with strong entries across sheep, cattle and industrial classes.

And secretary Caroline Harrison is in no doubt as to the secret of the event’s success.

“Alston is probably the friendliest, most easy-going, laid back – but professional – show in the north of England,” she said.

“Everyone loves coming to Alston Show. People who have not been for years have been returning again, which is great.”

Jamie Murray, of Sewingshields, Haydon Bridge, took the Blackface championship with a two-shear tup and said: “This really is a good show. It’s becoming one of the best. It’s a good time of year for showing stock.”

Alston is one of the final events of the summer show season and for many of the exhibitors, rosettes topped a year of strong results.

Alan Dent, of Beamwham, Haydon Bridge, won best steer, best outfit and champion calf with his British Blue cow and Limousin calf on what was the first time out for them.

He said: “We’re originally from up here, so we try to come most years. It’s nice to win.”

Organisers had prominent support for Love Lamb Week, while there was a bustling catering tent and bar, packed industrial tent, children’s races and a well-supported dog show.