A bridge competition recently took place in Hexham.

The North East Bridge Association (NEBA) organised the event on June 9 at the Hexham Bridge Club.

This competition, part of the fundraising initiative "Bridge It's A Big Deal", aimed to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Bridge clubs across North East England and beyond participated.

The friendly competition attracted 56 people hailing from as far afield as Morpeth, Sunderland and Darlington.

Mary Page and Inga Aiston came out victorious, with Peter Avery and Frank Springett claiming the runner-up spots.

NEBA chairwoman, Sue Davies, was satisfied with the turnout, stating that: "the numbers attending were twice those last year", indicating a resurgence of bridge’s popularity post Covid.

Residents young and old took part in the strategic card game, from NEBA's youngest member, 10-year-old Sophie Morris, due to represent England's Youth team in Poland this July, to centenarian Derek Rosenberg, who continues to play weekly.

Bridge offers a sociable yet stimulating way to keep the mind active.

Anyone looking for further information or wishing to join or re-join the game, can contact Andy Pryor on andy.ridingmill@btinternet.com.