Monday, 31 August 2015

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Easter offers a barrel of laughs

BAD weather during the Easter weekend didn’t stop the people of Tynedale from celebrating in their traditional style.

Despite reports of the coldest Easter for more than 40 years, and heavy snowfall and strong winds in some parts of the district, events went ahead as planned.

The famous Haydon Bridge wheelbarrow race on Easter Monday was well attended, with participants braving the cold in fancy dress.

In the event’s 42nd year, runners pushed their partners round the course in a wheelbarrow, aiming to cross the finish line at the railway crossing on Church Street before anyone else.

Eventual winners of the two-man – or woman – event were Liam Scudamore and Chadd Alder, taking the cash prize of £60 home with them.

Jack and Stephen Lambert came a close second, winning £40, with Jamie Harris and Robbie McDonald scooping the £20 for third place. The third-placed finishers also won a cash prize for best dressed, competing in the race dressed as chimney sweepers.

However John Kirkup and Les Cullem were at a distinct disadvantage during the race, as their wheel fell off halfway round the course!

The Feathers Inn Beer and Food Festival at the weekend proved as successful as ever, with the Hedley-on-the-Hill barrel race on Easter Monday being a closely fought contest.

Eighteen teams of three took part in this year’s barrel race, with competitors carrying an empty nine-gallon beer barrel.

The winners of the competition were Jack Spoor, Andrew Hall and Simon Irving, who completed the course in nine minutes and 35 seconds.

Megan Lewis, Scott Atkinson and Jenny Hudson were victorious in the junior heat of the competition.

During the festival, a local ale won first place out of 20 participants in a real ale judging competition which took place in the pub last Friday. In a contest where judges tasted the ales blindfolded, Jarrow Westoe IPA came out as the judges’ favourite.

And the Feathers Inn’s farmers’ market, held on Saturday, was so successful that the owners are considering holding a similar market in the summer.

Over the weekend, the beer and food festival raised £310 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Meanwhile, 11 children competed in a hot cross bun throwing contest at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Although the weather meant there were fewer guests than usual, there was still a good turnout to the event held throughout the weekend.

The aim of the game was to throw three hot cross buns into a hoop from a metre’s distance with a handful of children succeeding.

Brocksbushes Farm catered for around 35 children on Saturday at a mad hatter’s tea party consisting of tea and games. And a few people decided to brave the snowy conditions and took a ride around the farm in a tractor.

High House Farm at Matfen also enjoyed a busy weekend, with guests gathering to keep out of the cold. Sunday lunches were very popular, with the Easter egg hunt on Monday also proving a hit with visitors.



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