ONE of the Tyne Valley’s oldest agricultural shows returns this weekend.

The Gilsland Show debuted in 1915, and the traditional show has changed relatively little in the 104 years since then – although some of the more unusual activities, like Old Penny Pinching and a pillow fighting haven’t survived the test of time. They have been replaced by the likes of tug-o-war, terrier races and crowd favourite, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, along with various children’s activities.

As it has for some time, this year’s show will take place at Triermain Farm, with the permission of Stephen Graham and Lord Carlisle.

The show will begin early on Sunday, with horse and pony judging commencing at 9.30am.

Cattle judging will begin at 10am, with sheep judging following shortly at 10.15am.

This will be followed by classes for collie, terrier and gun dogs, as well as Clydesdale horses – along with an industrial tent full of everything from carefully crafted walking sticks to tempting home-made treats.

Alongside the traditional agricultural show, petrol heads have also been catered for thanks to a vintage vehicle show, with prizes for the most impressive tractor, motorcycle, car and stationary engine.

On top of all that, there will be stalls, attractions and music to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tynedale’s farmers will be hoping for a repeat of last year, when the district was well represented at the show.

R. D. Archer and son were particularly successful, winning the champion of champions trophy.