Show celebrates 80 years

An historic rural show is celebrating its 80th birthday this weekend.

Thursday, 1st September 2016, 9:47 am

Etal Flower Show combines the traditional aspects of rural Northumbrian life with a range of entertainment and displays for all of the family.

Bringing together the whole community, it is one of Northumberland’s oldest and smallest village shows.

With entries from expert gardeners and bakers to special classes for children and novices, it continues to thrive and flourish and grow from strength to strength.

Its roots coincide with the first transmission by the BBC of the experimental television play The Man with the Flower in his Mouth. At the start of the Second World War in 1939, the Etal show ceased, but was re-established at the end of the war in 1945.

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Committee member Richard Baker said: “We are especially looking forward to celebrating 80 years of both traditional and modern rural life. We hope everyone will come along to join in with our anniversary celebrations, and help us mark this tremendous milestone.”

Since 1971, the show has taken place on the first Sunday in September. As always, it will take place at the Etal showground.

Organisers are hoping this year’s event will be even bigger and better than ever, with many visitors expected to help mark this 80th anniversary milestone.

Featuring more than 170 classes, the show will see new sections in floral art, industrial and needlework, combined with the stalwarts of the show, such as classes in flowers, vegetables, bakery, children’s and more.

The main showground will host a range of exhibits and displays, and for the first time there will be a falconry display. Other attractions will see a rodeo competition, and for the dog lovers there is the ever popular companion dog show.

The show opens at noon on Sunday. Entry is £3 for adults, children and parking free.