ONE of the district’s biggest charity golf events will take place on Friday, September 6.

The Rotary Club of Tynedale Charity Golf Day has raised vital funds for good causes for the best part of three decades.

For many years, it has supported the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which has benefitted to the tune of more than £110,000.

Preparations are well under way for the 28th event, which will take place at its long-term home, at Prudhoe Golf Club.

Around 40 teams of four are set to tee-off for the annual rund-raiser, which is always well supported by local businesses.

Main sponsor this year is set to be Garwen Enterprises, while Hexham’s County Hotel is another to have added its support.

Celia Leach, of the Rotary Club of Tynedale’s golf committee, said: “Places are quickly being taken up, but we are always keen to attract new teams to play and enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness of the event, and to visit the wonderful course at Prudhoe.”

Last year’s golf day was a memorable one for North-East football fans, with ex-Newcastle United stars Steve Howey and Mick Martin teaming up with Sky Sports presenters Pete Graves and Keith Downie.

Another special feature of the day was work of glass artist Craig Colquhoun, who donated several sculptures which were auctioned off. They included a spectacular glass model of a Great North Air Ambulance helicopter, which sold for £300 in aid of the life-saving organisation. The air ambulance receives no government funding, and relies entirely on donations.

Last year’s winners were the Garwen Team III with 97 points. They finished just ahead of the second placed Brian Ord team, on countback, and the third placed Williamson team. For more information email