After months of careful planning, the organisers of Northumberland County Show unveiled plans for next year’s show. Maps, plans and information packs were made available to everyone who attended an Open Day at Hexham Auction Mart’s function rooms on Monday (September 17).
Anthony Crozier, Thomas Harrison and Chris Chomse
There was a lot of interest in the new arrangements. The Northumberland County Show moves location in 2013 to Bywell, near Stocksfield after 66 years at its old site in Corbridge. The new setting provides 40% more space for exhibitors, events and traders this year, with more room to grow and evolve in future years.
Deciding how to plan the space has generated much consultation and discussion for the committee members. Finally the showground layout has been finalised, and over 150 traders, caterers, members, service providers and the general public thronged to view the plans this week.
Chris Chomse, Chairman for the 2013 Show, explains why the move has come about, “We have been outgrowing the old site at Tynedale Rugby Ground for several years now. We have wanted to expand our animal classes, and encourage more exhibitors and traders and host different attractions, but we simply didn’t have the space.” He added, “With greater ground area, we can provide more trading space, extra facilities and better services for our visitors. This year there are even more opportunities for businesses and other organisations who attend to promote themselves to a wide audience.”
The Northumberland County Show is perennially popular, and attendance regularly tops 25,000. The new site, set in the beautiful grounds of Lord Allendale’s estate, has 60 acres of parking, and benefits from several access roads that will be controlled to create a free flowing one-way system. Animals will be transported along a special route, avoiding the public traffic, and several other measures have been introduced aimed to ease congestion.
One trader who attended the Open Day said, “We are very excited about the new showground. The move is a very positive step and the plans have been well thought through. The Show gives our business a great boost in terms of turnover, and raises our profile to people from all over the country. We wouldn’t miss it, but this year it will be better than ever!”
The Show Secretary, Gaynor Scandle said “Although we invited everyone on our database to the Open Day, there may be traders who missed the event, or others who would like to know more about what the show has to offer. If they get in touch with the office we would be delighted to give them any information they want to know.”
Northumberland County Show’s office is at Hexham Auction Mart. You can call them on 01434 604216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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