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Cumbrian Young Farmers descended en masse on Hexham at the weekend to compete against 10 other teams from the 6 Northern Counties.  Members took part in speaking and reading competitions, played Kwik Cricket and Dodge ball, danced and showed skill in the Jump Rope and performed their hearts out in panto over two very busy and fun filled days.

The Cumbria teams came away with a whole host of trophies and awards continuing their winning streak of previous years. Alice Longmire (Lowick) came 1st in the Member of the Year (17 and under) with Amy Swinbank (Eden Valley) 2nd and Joanne Ridley (Caldbeck) came 4th.

The Cumbria C team, of Robert Morley, Oliver Winspear and Mark – Lucas Winspear (Skelton) were placed 1st in the Junior Reading, all 3 giving very spirited readings of the “Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4”. Cumbria A team, consisting of Emma Hetherington, Emma Woods and Emilia Burbury (Raughton Head) came a well deserved 2nd. Whilst Rachael McCamish, Robyn Bowker and Abigail Marston (Kirklinton), Cumbria B team were placed 3rd.

The Cumbria B team of Emma Blaylock, Emma Swindlehurst, Paul Gardner and John Harrison (Longtown) triumphed in the Intermediate Brainstrust. Second place was awarded to Cole Stalker, Simon Barnard, Laura Mallinson and Joe Kidd (Skelton) of Cumbria C team. The After Dinner Speaking was won by the Cumbria A team; Emma Littlewood, Mark Hurst, Dennis Sharp, Aimee Sharp and Sam Wilkinson (Kent Estuary)

Hollie and Molly Simcock and Ellie Naylor (Drigg) of Cumbria B team performed well in the Junior Speaking Competition, coming 2nd. Whilst Mark Hurst (Aspatria) was placed 3rd in the Member of the Year competition.

Despite the wind and rain, Cumbria A team (Skelton) played well in the Kwik Cricket and were placed 3rd. Cumbria B team (Lowick) came a very creditable 2nd in the Dodge Ball. The two Jump Rope teams Cumbria B (Lowick) and Cumbria A (Caldbeck) were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Wigton continued their winning streak of 2014 and were placed 1st in the Commercial Dance competition.

Drigg, Brampton and Eden Valley all gave outstanding pantomime performances with Brampton placed 2nd and Drigg placed 3rd. Joe Bowman (Brampton) won the Best Actor award for his performance of Wishee Washee and Emily Jenkinson (Drigg) was placed second for Best Actress for her performance of Sinbad.

Finally, as the award for the Best overall Team was announced, The Queen’s Hall Theatre was filled with the sounds of cheers and jubilation as Cumbria A team triumphed over all others. Cumbria B and C teams were placed joint 4th.

Longtown’s Intermediate Brains trust team will now go forward to the National Regional Final at Retford on the 21st March and Brampton’s Panto will be performed there on the 22nd March.

The Commercial Dance, Jump Rope and Member of the Year Competitions go to the National Finals at the Annual Convention at Torquay on 25th and 26th April. The National Finals of all the other competitions will be at Stafford on 4th and 5th July.

Helen Graham, Cumbria B team Leader and Northern District Chairman said:

“To sum up- an absolutely fantastic weekend which showcased all of Cumbria’s outstanding talents from junior public speaking to Pantomime, always my favourite weekend of the year.”

Whilst Lucy Mason, Cumbria A team leader and Southern District Chairman commented that “Cumbria YFC showcased a brilliant display of talent with some fantastic results and showed that we are a major forced to be reckoned with”.

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