FINAL preparations are underway for a traditional sheep show that attracts thousands of people from across the region.

Eastgate Sheep Show will take place in the Upper Weardale village tomorrow and will feature 60 classes celebrating Swaledale, Leicester, Mule and other breeds. It is a popular event with farmers and countryside lovers of all ages, with exhibitors competing for £5,000 prize money and 30 trophies.

The event, at Banners Field, will also include a pet show, dog show, beer tent, ice cream van and other refreshments, along with free entertainment for children.

Paul Collinson, show secretary, said: “It has been a tough year so far with the weather, especially all of the snow and rain. It made for a difficult lambing season but we are through it now. It feels like spring has finally arrived and the show is a chance to celebrate and get together. I hope lots of people will come along and support us. It should be a good day.”

Sheep judging starts at 1pm. Entry is £4 and free for children.