JUDGES run the rule over the most traditional of North-East events as a museum held its annual leek show.

The long-awaited Beamish Museum Leek Show took place over the weekend, with judging taking place on Saturday followed by an auction of produce and parade on Sunday.

Amateur gardeners among the museum’s visitors, staff and volunteers entered their home-grown produce in the traditional North-East show.

As well as giant show leeks, rosettes were on offer for best onions, carrots and tomatoes, as well as heaviest marrow and best misshapen vegetable, as well as a variety of flower classes.

Guest judges Billy Hope and Frank Davies, from Shield Row Allotment Society, had the difficult task of deciding the winners.

The auction was preceded by a parade, led by Pittington Brass Band, from The Town to The Pit Village.

Seb Littlewood, Beamish’s Senior Keeper of Georgian and Rural Life, said: “Leek shows have long been associated with the mining communities of our region, and were hotly contested by North East pitmen.

“Visitors, staff and volunteers have been tending their produce all year, ready for our Leek Show”.