Prior to this date there had been a lapse in the Northumberland and Durham Championships, the previous competition having been held at Gateshead in 1908.
The 1935 competition was held at the New Victoria theatre, Stanley, Co Durham on Saturday 29th June 1935. Prior to the event there was considerable interest in the local press, reports being made of the entry into the competition of Jimmy Ellwood and Warren Doyle and also a photograph of the organisers with the championship belt. There had been heats at each performance at the theatre during the week, the dancers being as set out below.
Dancers in heats (all male unless otherwise stated) – known winners in bold:
24th June 1st House: J.B. Bell (Gateshead), Jack Richardson (Causey), Jack Graham (Winlaton)
24th June 2nd. House: M. Bland (Newcastle), Miss L. Luke (Tynemouth), Miss Ray Dunstall (Leicester)
25th June 1st House: Jimmy Ellwood , Tom Ellwood (Walker), Matty Smith (Stanley)
25th June 2nd House: Jack Astor (Dunston), Warren Doyle (Low Fell), Tom Pritchard (Stocksfield)
26th June Matinee: J. McSparren (Felling), Johnson Ellwood (Whitley Bay), H. Charlton (Low Fell)
26th June 1st House: John Surtees (Beamish), Robert Golightly (Ashington), M.Angus Catenach (Whitley Bay)
26th June 2nd House: George Fenton (Gateshead), Joe Daley (Blaydon), Sam Bell (Morpeth)
27th June 1st House: Percy Taylor (Washington), Miss May Luke (Tynemouth), Harry Hughes (Stanley)
27th June 2nd House: T. Kerrs (Craghead), T. Gallon (Whitley Bay), C. Haynes (Seaton Delaval)
Semi Finals 28th June
Finals 29th June
In addition to the above, Maud Beaney and Madge Humble were given in the entries list but do not seem to have actually competed. Some doubt attaches to the identity of one of the Misses Luke as her name is given in the list of entries as Eva Luke, and the list of dancers as L. Luke.
The information above is a compilation of details provided by Angus Catanach when interviewed on 19/2/1981, from lists of competing dancers prepared by Jimmy Ellwood, and from reports in the Stanley News for 24/5/1935 and 21/6/1935 The Newcastle Evening Chronicle for 27/3/1935 and 30/5/1935 and an unknown local paper probably in 3/1935.