NORTH Northumberland’s largest rural event was a flashy affair despite the rain, thanks to a closely guarded secret that surprised and delighted visitors to the 120th Glendale Show.
The attention of those who attended the show was suddenly drawn in the early afternoon when ‘normal’ people standing among the crowd, young and old, buying an ice cream or checking out the home made scones, suddenly burst into a seemingly impromtu dance routine.
The ‘flashmob’ - when a group of people assemble suddenly in a place, perform a dance, and then disperse again as though nothing happened - was performed by around 70 people between the ages of six and 70 years old
Sponsored by Lazy Grace and Youngs Chartered Surveyors, the flashmob, which lasted for around five minutes and was kept a closely guarded secret to maximise the wow factor and the impact on the crowd, will now form an integral part of a recorded advert to be promote the Glendale Show.
Show secretary Rachael Smith said: “When we first decided to put together the flashmob we knew it would be hard work, but I was so excited to see everyone’s reactions and I think it was an innovative feature to mark our 120th Glendale Show.”
Those involved came from across Northumberland and the group was formed between Newcastle College and the Alnwick Drama Group. The main choreography was by Charlotte Haley of Newcastle College with Alnwick Playhouse’s Judy Tribe also contributing.
Judy said: “Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre were really delighted to get a call to be part of this event. We have around 100 young people aged from 7-18 years with bags of energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to perform so this invite was right up their street!
“An outdoor event on this scale is a new departure for the Youth Theatre but within days we had a long list wanting to be part of the ‘mob’. Organising rehearsals to suit the number of people involved was tricky, however children (and parents) were very accommodating.
“It was great to have help and support too from Charlotte and students from Newcastle College and many thanks to Ian at Lazy Grace for his vision and drive. ”
The flashmob was just one of the highlights from the day, which provided a huge choice and variety of exhibits, attractions and entertainment for all the family.
The show played host to the region’s first Shetland pony grand national, which served as a qualifier for the London Olympia, and was the only show in Northumberland to include a donkey class.
The UK’s number one freestyle motorcross team, the Bolddog Lings, injected some adrenaline into proceedings, putting on a show of flips, flights and spins as the heavens opened above them.
Although there was a whole host of entertainment for all the family, from fairground rides to a companion dog show and a speciality food marquee, livestock was still very much at the heart of the show.
One of the best loved sections of the show for many visitors, the livestock classes this year included sheep, horses, cattle, goats and donkeys, and for the first time ever, there was a prestigious prize for the Champion of Champions.
The climax of the livestock classes came when each supreme champion from each category battled it out to be judged the 2012 Glendale Show Champion of Champions.
Each overall section-winning animal was paraded around the main ring, with the tough task of picking an overall winner falling to judge Peter Dodds of East Horton.
After much deliberation Mr Dodds named Sedgewick and Slack’s impressive halter-led bullock, which has won 10 championships this year, Glendale’s first ever champion of champions.
The home-bred limousin was named champion of champions earlier this month at Sedgefield Show.
Owner Julie Sedgewick of Ricknall Grange, Aycliffe, said: “This is the first time we have shown our cattle at Wooler and we have had a great day. It’s just a shame about the rain but it certainly didn’t spoil it for us! It was definitely worth the trip - to win a second Champion of Champions in a month - I can’t quite believe it.
“He is home bred which makes it even more special,” she added.
Show secretary Rachael Smith said: “Despite the weather every event that was scheduled went ahead, and the crowds were very much in line with what we were expecting.
“This year we had a number of highlights which included the Flash Mob, Shetland Pony Grand National and Halter led Cattle.
“We received tremendous support from all of our sponsors and trades stands and exhibitors. And I would of course like to give a very very special thank you to everyone that came along on the day and the 130 volunteers that gave up their time free of charge to makes this as always the leading annual rural event in the North Northumberland Calendar.”