Swaledale sheep will take centre stage at the fifth Langdon Beck Show on Saturday.

Thirty farmers, from as far afield as Lancaster and Northumberland, will descend on the showground next to the Langdon Beck Hotel, in Upper Teesdale, County Durham.

The show, which was revived in 2000 by farmers after an absence of 100 years, has emerged as an important event on the sheep farming calendar.

"Although the number of entries has steadily risen over the few years we have been up and running, we have no plans to get any bigger," said chairman Neville Bainbridge.

"We believe a lot of the success we have achieved here at Langdon Beck is because of its size and the show's unique location in one of the most rugged and beautiful parts of the region."

Mr Bainbridge, who puts up the cup for the popular quoits competition at the show, said organisers were particularly pleased at the number handlers under 16 years old who had entered this year.

He expects tough competition for the Brian Bainbridge Perpetual Cup for the supreme champion, which also has a prize of £250 donated by Teesdale landowner Lord Barnard.

Judging starts at 11am and the show also includes classes for flowers, vegetables and photography.