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Ovington is a small village edged on its Northern border by the River Tees in the North East of England, situated close to Barnard Castle. It was historically located in the North Riding of Yorkshire but along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District it was transferred to County Durham for administrative and ceremonial purposes on 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

Home to the famous Ovington maypole, the tree for the maypole was fell and then erected by George Kidson MM, a former resident of the village who lived there for 83 years. All the daffodils that spring every year are also thanks to George Kidson who planted all them around the small village. The maypole was replaced & erected on the 26th September 2016 after the previous one blew down in the storms on 9th November 2015. The new maypole, imported from Finland, was funded by a combination of kind and generous donations from a number of village residents, a donation from Ovington Parish Council and various fundraising events held in the village over the previous 10 months. The new maypole stands tall in the centre of the green and two large chunks of the former maypole have been made into benches on either side of the green.

Ovington is also known as "The Maypole Village"!