A VILLAGE fair will make its return in September after the pandemic forced the event to be postponed for the past two years.

Whitfield Village Fair will return on Sunday, September 11.

Caroline Jordan, originally from Whitfield, now lives in Allendale and is one of the organisers of the event.

"There will be a dog show, terrier racing, a vintage section with vintage tractors and cars, and local trade stands and craft stalls," she said.

She said the village fair was so highly anticipated it was decided to bring the event back this year.

The village hall committee will be based in the village hall serving sandwiches, cakes and soups. There will be a bar and caterer serving fish and chips and burgers. 

Canny Canines Dog Training will hold a dog agility run off with ladders and rings, and will also invite dog owners to try it with their dog.

There will also be children's attractions including bouncy castles and a children's craft tent for face painting and as a place for children to draw and paint.

It will be the 15th year the fair has taken place, organised by a collection of Whitfield, Allendale and Plenmeller residents.

The committee has not finalised the main attraction, which in previous years included comedians acting as the slapstick duo Laurel and Hardy.

"We're waiting for the next meeting to finalise our main attraction," she said. "We had comedians Laurel and Hardy one year who were quite good, and we're thinking of getting them again. We also might have a vintage section showing how old machinery works.

"We get a lot of people attending, who come to have a fun day out with lots to see."

The entry fee for adults costs £5, and children go free. 

The money raised goes towards supporting local organisations and places, such as Whitfield Primary School. 

"We're always willing to help local charities," she said. "Some of the money also goes towards paying for the insurance of our Bonfire Night event, because that is quite expensive."

Caroline said they have previously put money towards Allendale Health Centre and a defibrillator for the community.