A LARGE crowd is expected for this weekend’s Haydon Bridge Festival.

In what has become an annual tradition for the village, the festival will return to the football field at Low Hall Park this Saturday, offering a selection of local music, food and beer.

Starting from 2pm, the festival will showcase a host of local musical talent including Ovingham’s Sam Shields, Lauren Simms and country singer Jason Arnup, who opened he festival last year. They will join the Tynedale Big Band, funk, soul and pop group SHAKA and Sold Out.

There is plenty for fans of local food retailers too with pizza truck vendors Fire and Dough and FlipnFast crepes appearing at the event. The Railway Hotel and St Cuthbert’s Church will also be providing a barbecue and refreshments.

Each year, the festival identifies a different charity to donate the money raised to. Last year, the festival raised £4,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance, Hexham-based charity We Can and the My Name’5 Doddie foundation.

Brian Alderson, of the organising committee,said: “All the money that is raised goes directly to local charities and services, and its great to be to recognise the work they’re all doing through donations.”

The main charity this year is Hexham-based dementia support group Chrysalis, with money also going towards the Haydon News.

And after months of planning towards Saturday’s event, Brian is looking forward to welcoming the public.

He added: “The preparation is going really well, and we’re all really excited for what this year has in store.

“We were overwhelmed by the numbers last year and have our biggest marquee yet this year.We’re now just praying for good weather.”

The festival takes place on Saturday, June 1 from 2pm-11pm.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from Claire’s Newsagents, Anchor Hotel, General Havelock Inn and Railway Hotel.