After such a disappointing summer of dull wet weather, it was a real treat for everyone to attend an Etal Flower Show bathed in sunshine and warmth.
Exhibits in the marquee were much admired, and although the poor weather had reduced the entries in homegrown vegetables and flowers, there were bumper entries in the handicrafts and photography sections. In fact, there were almost a hundred new exhibitors who were entering items for the first time, many of whom won prizes.
The summer atmosphere on the field was boosted by the tropical sounds of the steel band, Steelquake from Wooler, and the ice cream van did a roaring trade.
Some wonderful entertainment was provided by the Flodden Re-enactment group who were camped out at Etal for the weekend, and who demonstrated the weaponry and military tactics used by both English and Scottish soldiers during the 16th Century. Their commentaries and displays were both enjoyable and educational, and it is good to know that they will be back again next year as part of the planned Flodden 500 commemoration events.
The stand set up and manned by Blyth Battery members promoted a great deal of interest, with their memorabilia of the Home Guard in WW2, and the “Sheep Tales” exhibition (rather appropriately set up inside a sheep shed on the field!) gave people a fascinating insight into part of our local agricultural history.
Thanks are due to everyone, committee members and additional helpers, who worked so hard on the day to make the event such a success, and to Lord Joicey and the Ford and Etal Estates workers who always lend their invaluable support to Etal Show. Thanks also to the many talented exhibitors, without whom the show would be nothing.
Anyone wishing to join their ranks in time for next year’s show, please get in touch so that you can be added to the database for receiving a schedule in 2013.
Phone 01890 820566 or take a look at our website at Etal Flower Show