Farmers sow the seeds for top weekend

Young farmers hope to reap the rewards of months of hard work as they play host to a weekend of fun, sport and competitions.

The Northumberland Federation of Young Farmers has been planning a varied programme of entertainment since September after being selected to host the Northern Area Young Farmers’ Weekend.

More than 400 members from across the country will compete at cricket, dodgeball, speaking contests and even pantomime, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Yorkshire, Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire and the Isle of Man.

The Northern Area Pantomime Championship will feature seven teams performing over two days at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham. Tickets are available.

As well as hosting the event, the Northumberland team, including members from Morpeth, Ponteland, Tritlington and Cambo, will be taking part in all of the competitions to try to claim some silverware.

Northern Weekend Chairman Will Howie, from Morpeth, said: “After months of preparation the weekend is nearly upon us. With a few tweaks we are ready to go.

“We have had a lot of support from local businesses and ex-young farmers, who will help us judge and steward, so thanks must go out to them.

“It guarantees to be a great weekend, and hopefully we’ll see some trophies return to Northumberland.”

All events will take place in Hexham this weekend.

County Chairman Charlotte Walton said: “It’s great that Northumberland is hosting the event this year. Preparations have been under way since September, with committee members putting a lot of hard work in, which we will see pay off this weekend.”