ANOTHER of the district’s popular agricultural shows has announced it will take place virtually this year, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Slaley Show, which was due to take place on August 8, will now be held on Facebook, giving farmers and members of the public a chance to showcase their produce, livestock and craftsman ship - albeit in a virtual format.

It comes after the success of the virtual Roman Wall Show, which saw hundreds of members of the public turn out to vote for the best sheep and industrial entries.

In March, Slaley Show organisers announced the show would not go ahead in its usual format due to health and safety concerns.

In a statement, organisers said: “It is with great sadness that I am writing this post to let everyone know that we had to make the really difficult decision to cancel this year’s Slaley Show that would have been held on Saturday, August 8.

“It’s very clear that the spread of the coronavirus at large social gatherings poses a significant risk to health and we will fully comply with the Government’s guidance to combat this disease.”

But now, members of the public will be able to judge sheep, industrial classes, floral art, children’s, horses and dogs online.

Entries can be submitted via Facebook or email, with public voting starting on Friday, September 4.

Winners will then be announced on Sunday, September 6.

Entries have already opened for sheep and adult industrial classes.

The Slaley Show first began in 1845 as the Slaley and Hexhamshire Floral Show. In its long history, the show has faced cancellations, including two World Wars and Foot and Mouth outbreaks. Heavy rain also saw last year’s show cancelled.

More information can be found on the Slaley Show Facebook Page.