FIFTY years ago, one man won the supreme award for Blackface sheep at Falstone Show with the only sheep he owned.

Christopher Dickson delighted crowds when he beat off stiff competition from top breeders to win the prize.

Fast-forward to the present day, and it’s unlikely the feat will be repeated – but hundreds of visitors and locals alike are expected to flock to Falstone this weekend for the village’s annual agricultural show.

The village will become a hive of activity on Saturday for the Falstone Border Shepherds Show, which is returning for its 134th year.

Organisers are hoping for bright sunshine and dry conditions after heavy showers interrupted proceedings the last three years.

Classes, including sheep, terriers, hounds and sheepdog trials, will be fiercely contested as Tynedale’s farmers battle it out for the top prizes.This year sees the introduction of ferret racing in the main ring and the opportunity to take an alpaca for a walk.

Gates open at 9am for visitors and the first event to kick off the proceedings will be the sheepdog trials, starting at 10am.

The pony sports at 11am are expected to be a crowd favourite

The dog contests promises to be a popular affair, with breed classes for hounds and terriers, as well as fun competitions, such as ‘dog that looks most like its owner’ and ‘dog with the waggiest tail’.

The industrial tent will be filled with vegetables, jams and cakes as well as crafted sticks.

Children are encouraged to join in too with sports and craft competitions in the industrial tent, as well as the amateur fell race.

The presentation of cups and awards takes place at 3.30pm, with Tynedale’s sheep farmers

Last year, the champion Hexham Blackface prize was awarded to Kevin Ridley, from Shitlington Hall in Wark. Oli Harrison achieved success in the Texel tup lamb category.

The day will be rounded off with music by local singer Jason Arnup.