RURAL traditions and values of Weardale folk were reflected in an annual country show staged in its highly valued setting over the weekend.

The 178th Stanhope Show took place at its traditional home, Unthank Park on the opposite bank of the River Wear from the town.

Show general secretary Lisa Johnstone, of Stanhope Agricultural Society, said of the venue: “We own the site and, nestling with the hills of Bollihope Common on one side and the fells of Crawleyside on the other, we think it has to be the most beautiful setting for any country show.”

She said the weather was “kind” on the opening day, less so on Sunday, but show-goers had plenty to entertain them with some, “amazing” main arena attractions all weekend.

“It’s a traditional agricultural show, very much a community show. It’s part of our ethos and visitors from further afield appreciate that.

“We feel pretty unique. We don’t try to compete with the bigger shows.”

A new feature this year, a vintage and hand-made marquee, also proved popular.