Shire horse power is back Beamish

HAY THERE: Johnny Owens, Neville Anderson, Karl Brown with shire horse Lion.
HAY THERE: Johnny Owens, Neville Anderson, Karl Brown with shire horse Lion.
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SHIRE horse Lion is showing off his horsepower as he demonstrates farm machinery from a bygone era.

The heavy horse is hard at work along with equine pal Tom as they take part in Power from the Past, which is part of the Great North Festival of Agriculture.

The four-day event, which runs at Beamish Museum until Sunday, celebrates the power behind the area’s rich farming heritage.

The two horses are on hand, along with a 1934 Fordson tractor, demonstrating the transition from horse to diesel power, which made them all but redundant.

The event will see working displays around the museum, pre-1950s tractors, horses toiling in the fields and carrying crops back to Home Farm, a threshing machine in operation, and a host of vehicles and machinery of all shapes and sizes. Power from the Past runs from 10am to 5pm each day.