A PIECE of the countryside has been brought to town with hundreds of families flocking to see herds of sheep, cattle and goats alongside show jumping horses, birds of prey – and a poodle standing on his hind legs.

The annual Cleveland Show returned to Stewart Park, in Middlesbrough, over the weekend with a range of agricultural-based displays to entertain visitors.

The format of the event remains largely unchanged since the first show, then known as the Stockton Show, was hosted in 1944.

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The celebrated event hosted on Saturday catered for all ages and tastes with live music, a fun fair and assault course also on offer, alongside craft and trade stands to support North-East businesses.

Horses and riders also used the event as a qualifier for the national Veteran Horse of the Year 2017 competition and National Pony Society shows.