A prestigious awards ceremony has recognised the community-spirited efforts of one of our Yorkshire young farmers’ club.
Over 200 guests attended the Yorkshire Post’s 2019 Rural Awards, sponsored by Bishop Burton College, which were held at the Pavilions of Harrogate.
The BBC presenter Harry Gration presented the awards, which were attended by special guest Johanna Ropner, Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.
Reeth Young Farmers’ Club picked up the Special Achievement Award for its efforts in coordinating a clean-up operation following the July floods which brought devastation to the Dales.
The club rallied more than 100 young farmers from clubs across Yorkshire and County Durham, who turned out to help re-build stone walls, collect debris and escaped livestock, as well as make repairs to buildings and fencing.
Members, parents and friends of the club made sure the volunteers were fed, watered and had all the equipment they needed.
Georgia Hird, secretary of Reeth Young Farmers’ Club – who collected the award with chairman Jack Stones – said: “The club was really surprised to be given such a wonderful award, it meant a lot to all of us.
“We are really grateful for the recognition of our work over the floods and we certainly couldn’t have done it without the help of neighbouring club, Wensleydale Young Farmers.”
Chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Georgina Fort, added: “Reeth Young Farmers’ Club are a credit to young farmers, to the farming industry and to the community.”