THE annual Hedley-on-the-Hill barrel race, which has become an Easter tradition for many, is to return on Easter Monday.

The Feathers Inn at Hedley-on-the-Hill will run its Easter Beer and Food Festival across the weekend, with the culmination of the events being the famous Hedley barrel race.

The race involves teams of three competitors battling their way up the hill towards the pub carrying an empty beer keg in pursuit of the sought-after first prize of 72 pints.

Even snow last year did not prevent competitors or spectators from turning up to enjoy the event, and to top it off there will also be egg jarping, an Easter bonnet competition, a barbecue and a real ale and cider bar.

Children can race too and some fanciful costumes can be expected, with prizes also on offer for best fancy dress.

The race will raise funds for the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue and begins at 1pm, with registration at 11.30am.

Another of Tynedale’s Easter Monday traditions, the Haydon Bridge wheelbarrow race, will not go ahead this year.

But there will be plenty of activities going on to keep families busy.

Egg hunts will take place across the district, including those at Walltown Quarry Country Park at Greenhead on Good Friday, and hunts at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens running across Friday to Sunday.

Prudhoe Social Club’s children’s Easter party will see members’ children and grandchildren enjoy plenty of food, candy floss, a bouncy castle and Easter games from 2pm to 4pm.