A NATIONAL ploughing competition will be held in Northumberland when it celebrates its 70th anniversary next autumn.

The Society of Ploughmen has announced it will hold the 70th British National Ploughing Championships at Mindrum, Northumberland, on October 10 and 11, 2020.

A 200 acre site has been offered by D Harvey & Son less than two miles from the Scottish border, between Wooler and Kelso.

The event is rarely held so far north, as this will be only the third time the event has been held in Northumberland in its 70 year history and it has only been held in Scotland four times.

There will be a total of 20 ploughing classes over the two days, including five Plough-Off Finals with the top ten competitors competing on the second day for the British titles in conventional, reversible, vintage trailed, vintage hydraulic and classic ploughing. Other classes include horticultural, crawler, Ferguson, Ford & Fordson, David Brown, high cut, a new classic reversible and of course, magnificent heavy horses.

Organisers expect around 250 ploughmen and women to take part from all over the country.

There will also be agricultural trade stands, machinery demonstrations, steam ploughing engines, static vintage displays, shopping stalls and country crafts.

For details visit ploughmen.co.uk