Langdon Beck Show, Teesdale, in the picture
PUBLISHED: 11:37 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:14 20 February 2013
Hundreds of people descended on a field at the top of Teesdale in County Durham for the Langdon Beck sheep show. North East Life was there, and sponsored some of the photography classes - with fantastic results
Farmers from three counties brought their finest sheep to compete against each other at Langdon Beck, an agricultural show which, although it was only revived ten years ago, is like stepping back into a totally different age.
Langdon Beck Show is very much a traditional event where, apart from the sheep there are classes for vegetables, hay and photography. And three of those photography classes and the overall winners cup were this year sponsored by North East Life magazine.
The crowds were also entertained by the Middleton and Teesdale Silver band who play every year.
At the centre of the event though are the sheep, mainly Swaledales, the hardy breed which dominates these hills. Show Chairman Neville Bainbridge was delighted with what he saw.
The standard is so high its just unbelievable. A lot of those sheep have been prize winners at previous shows, so theyve all come here and put up a big challenge Thats whats made it so strong, said Mr Bainbridge.
The Photography classes sponsored by North East Life were won by Anne Dauber from Forest-in-Teesdale, in the Dales Weather class for her picture of a dog in the snow, Pam Phillips, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, for her portrait of local lady Doreen Scott in the Dales People class, and in the Dales Wildlife class Doreen Robinson, from Egglesburn was awarded first price for her enchanting shot of a robin at her window. This picture also won the Bob Raine Cup for the best photograph in the show.
The prizes were presented by Lord Barnard, and by the President of the show Alan Scott.
In its short history since it was revived in 2000 Langdon Beck Show has twice had to be cancelled. In 2001 because of the foot and mouth disease outbreak which devastated local farms, and again in 2007 when a foot and mouth outbreak caused by the government lab at Pirbright in Surrey flared up again forcing organisers to call off the event at the last minute.
Now though Chairman Neville Bainbridge thinks the future is brighter than ever.
Swaledale sheep, five or six years ago seemed as if they were on the decline, but now with Natural England reducing the number of sheep (on the fells) with the numbers being less, in the auctions the Swaledale has come forward and its been a good trade.
Next year the organisers are hoping to set up a challenge with their colleagues who organise Eastgate show which takes place in Weardale in the spring.
Any sheep that wins at Eastgate and goes on to win at Langdon Beck will
get an extra 50 bonus.
Were going to do that the other way round - any sheep that wins at Langdon Beck next autumn, and goes on to win at Eastgate in the spring, they will get a 50 bonus.
Langdon looks like its going from strength to strength.
See a selection of the winning pictures and other entries on our website www.northeast.greatbritishlife.co.uk