WITH the return of the popular Northumberland County Show after a two-year Covid break, the Courant delved into its archives to look at the traditional agricultural event in years gone by.

The show has been held in various locations and under different names since the 1830's.

Before its hiatus due to the pandemic, it had only been cancelled a handful of times, including during each World War and for the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001.

For years, it was a constant fixture at Tynedale Rugby Club in Corbridge and it was a popular choice of venue.

The decision to move it to Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, in 2013 was viewed as a sad day for some, but a great opportunity for the show to push on.

And now, the change of showfield has become just as popular with many delighted with their new surroundings.

The event usually welcomes over 26,000 visitors from across the North East and Cumbria, as well as Yorkshire, Scotland and further afield.

This year's event will take place on Bank Holiday Friday, kicking off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend in style with competitions, food, crafts, shopping and animals galore.

Attractions planned include Speedway racing, pipe bands and equestrian competitions in the main arena; and around the show field, hundreds of livestock classes, equestrian events and displays of rural industry and crafts.

New Chairman Mark Scandle said: "The Show gives everyone the chance to get up close to animals, talk to farmers and food producers, find out more about where their food comes from while enjoying a brilliant day out.

"It creates connections to rural life, food production and ultimately, the land that sustains us all, and it is an honour and a privilege to be part of that process."