A PICTURE drawn by a talented amateur artist for the art competition at her local show will again be exhibited at the event – 55 years later.

Doris Phelan's pencil drawing of Winston Churchill won first prize in the art class at Stanhope Agricultural Show, in 1965, following the former Prime Minister's death.

Mrs Phelan, nee Dodd, lived in Graham Street, Stanhope, and her quarry worker father Matthew Dodd was a founder member of the local Labour party.

She later moved to Howden-le-Wear with husband Michael Phelan, where she lived until she passed away in 2003, aged 87.

Son, John Phelan, said: "The picture has been hanging on the wall at home for years.

"The committee of Stanhope Show agreed I could display it this year, in her memory. She loved Stanhope so it means a lot."

The 179th Stanhope Agricultural Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, on both days the showground opens at 8am for exhibitors and 9am for visitors.

Saturday’s schedule includes horse and pony classes, showjumping, sheep, cattle, donkeys, fur and feather, industrial and small livestock marquees and there will be sulky racing.

There will also be Highland games, alpacas on display, camels, bike stunt shows and for children to have a go and music from Stanhope Silver Band.

On Sunday there will be more horse and pony classes, a gymkhana, dog classes and dog agility tests, horticulture, a pet show and pet racing and vintage vehicles.

Entertainment will include clog dancing, falconry, music from Jenna Highfield singing songs from the 50s and 60s and stunt driving displays and bands in the members’ marquee from 4pm – memberships must be bought in advance.

Grand parades of the winners will be held in the main arena on both afternoons.

Tickets will be available on the gate, for more information visit stanhopeshow.com

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