Saturday 4th January saw friends and family of the southern district young farmers congregate at The Lakes School, Windermere for the district final of the Entertainment Competition. Those gathered were treated to an evening of fun and laughter with young farmers showcasing the very best of their talents.
Crook took to the stage first, with an all singing and dancing production called “Show Business”. Emily Abbott and Leanne Wallace as Elsa and Anna received much applause for their “Frozen” rap, and would have given Honey G a run for her money!
Amy Hardy not only acted as the compere of the production, but also gave a spellbinding solo performance of “Dancing on My Own”.
Next on was Sedbergh with a fun filled extravaganza entitled “Noel’s Ark” which saw Mr Blobby and the Chuckle Brothers run riot whilst trying to help Noel build his ark. Connie Hodgson showed much promise as Magic Mike the hapless magician and Zak Baines and Mike Stainton were also lauded by the judges for their performance as two not very good comedians.
Proving the adage that the old ones are always the best, Kent Estuary YFC gave a very accomplished production of the Father Ted skit “Speed 3”, which saw Sam Wilkinson, as the lovable but dim Father Dougal speeding round the stage on a mobility scooter milk cart. Tom Nelson’s performance as Mrs Doyle was greatly enjoyed by the audience and judges alike.
The final production of the evening, “A Seagull’s Seaside Review” was performed by members of Grayrigg YFC. Seagulls Steve and Alan (aka Thomas Ridding and Peter Thompson respectively) had the audience in stitches with their antics and kept in character throughout the production. The dialogue between pensioners Ange (Caroline Todd) and Maxine (Alice Dixon) was both funny and endearing and all these little vignettes were intermingled with some superb and accomplished dancing from the beach girls and the Beach Ball Ballet Boys.
After much deliberation by the judges, first place was awarded to Sedbergh YFC Second place went to Grayrigg YFC , Crook YFC took third place and Kent Estuary YFC came fourth. Best Actress was awarded to Amy Hardy, Crook YFC and Best Actor was awarded to Thomas Ridding from Sedbergh YFC.
The top 3 entertainments will now go forward to the County Final at Theatre by the Lake on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February. Tickets are available from the Theatre by the lake Box Office on: 017687 74411 (adults £8 and children under 16 £5).