THE village of Allenheads is set to be taken over once again by the annual High Forest Show.

A successful fundraising campaign earlier this year secured the future of the popular event, and this year’s show promises to have some new and exciting features for visitors to enjoy.

The show is set to feature a number of cooking demonstrations, including displays by Titu Ahad, who runs Saathi’s restaurant in Hexham, and Jill Weatherburn, who has supported TV chefs such as Mary Berry, James Martin and Gino D’Campo.

The show’s treasurer, Sue Wardle, said: “Well, the show was always hopefully going to go on, we just realised we were short on funds, so that was a bit of a kick up the backside!

“We’ve raised some more funds now, so there’s money to fall back on, which is lovely.

“We have four good shows in the food tent, so that will be great.

“We’ve got quite a lot of really nice things going on this year, I think we’ve used the space really well.

“Everything will be under cover, we have marquees, so that will be great.

“We have our blacksmith John Rutherford coming, it will be nice to see him, he looks like a bit of a character, as does the man on the cheese stall, he’s made cheese all over the world.”

Alongside the foodie events will be the usual platform that will allow exhibitors the chance to show off their skills in home bakery, horticulture and arts and crafts, along with the ever-popular dog show.

This year’s fancy dress theme is kings and queens, with the hope that many visitors will join volunteers and dress up.

Sue added: “The theme this year is kings and queens, so the committee are all going to be dressed up.

“Some of my friends from Newcastle are coming over to help out, and they’ll all be dressed up too!”