Visitors flock to enjoy the last annual Great Aycliffe Show

STUNT MOTORCYCLIST: A stunt rider at the Great Aycliffe Show. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

SHOW FUN: Derek Lindsay, of Darlington Bee Keepers, with Debra Coates and daughter Anna Rose at the show. Picture: Keith Taylor.

AYCLIFFE SHOW: Councillor Wendy Hillary, mayor of Newton Aycliffe, enjoys the show with Taylor Marriner, Leon Derrick, and Harley Derrick. Picture: Keith Taylor

SHOW HORSE: Kane Simpson, three, admires one of the horses at Great Aycliffe Show. Picture: Keith Taylor

SHOW ATTRACTIONS: Visitors enjoy the exhibits in the show's main marquee. Picture: Keith Taylor

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Shildon and Spennymoor)

THE final Great Aycliffe Show was hailed a success after crowds of visitors headed to the event which has entertained for more than 30 years.

The two day annual show was held at the Oakleaf Sports Complex showground, Newton Aycliffe, over the weekend. (Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24)

Visitors enjoyed a wide range of attractions including Jason Smyth’s Adrenaline Tour and a junior football tournament.

The North East’s Strongest Man Competition saw entrants battle it out in a number of events, including an axle deadlift.

There were also 118 handicraft and horticulture classes covering flowers, vegetables, photography and sewing.

Organised by Great Aycliffe Town Council the show has run for around 35-years but the authority decided to end the event. It will be replaced by a festival next year.

Council leader Bob Fleming said: “This is going to be the last Great Aycliffe Show and there was quite a good turnout for it.

“There’s a sense of sadness that the show is coming to an end after a considerable period of time but we have found that people’s tastes have changed.

“We are planning to hold a ten day festival instead of the show from next year and this will use a variety of facilities throughout the town.

“The idea seems to have been welcomed by most people and I don’t think I’ve heard anyone speak against it.”

Punch and Judy shows were held too plus the Territorial Army, Durham Police and vintage vehicle were also present on the showfield.

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