One of the North’s biggest and best known county shows is on the move.
The Northumberland County Show will be held for the last time at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, in 2012, before moving to its new site on Lord Allendale’s land at nearby Bywell the following year.
The one day show attracts more than 26,000 visitors, but is struggling to expand on its current site – which is home to Tynedale Rugby Club. There have also been traffic and parking problems.
The event with its mix of agricultural classes, family entertainment, 300 trade stands, food festival, fun fair and live music, gives a welcome boost to trade in Corbridge on what is the town’s busiest weekend.
Business people and community leaders have described the show’s move to Bywell between the A69 and A695 east of Corbridge, as a “sad loss”.
But Chris Chomse, the County Show’s shadow vice chairman, said people had been asking for new features such as show-jumping and fly-fishing, which there was no room for at the Corbridge site, which stands on the banks of the River Tyne.
Along with Glendale Show at Wooler in north Northumberland, the County Show is an important annual event in the tourism calendar attracting exhibitors and visitors from near and far.
The 2012 show is scheduled to take place on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4.
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