Farmers flocking for fun in resort

Young Farmers Joel Speirs, Alison Moul, Chris Bartlett, Lora Fryars and James Melling pose with their tractor on St John's Square
Young Farmers Joel Speirs, Alison Moul, Chris Bartlett, Lora Fryars and James Melling pose with their tractor on St John's Square
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THOUSANDS of young farmers are preparing to swap their tractors for The Tower and fields for Funland when they descend on Blackpool this weekend.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) is returning to the resort for their annual convention, and up to 4,000 young farmers from across the UK are expected to attend.

It’s another chance to put Blackpool on the map – and tourism bosses were hoping the convention could help write the town into radio soap folklore.

VisitBlackpool approached Radio 4 soap The Archers to get a plug for the convention and business tourism manager Mandy Tythe-McCallum said: “We were aware that recently the line between fictional Ambridge and the real world has become somewhat blurred.

“Regular listeners will also know the character Pip Archer is closely involved with her own local young farmer’s association, so we felt we should contact the producers in good time to let them know details of the 2011 convention in case they wanted details to weave into the plot.

“As yet we have had no response from the BBC, but visitBlackpool will continue its policy of pursuing every opportunity to promote Blackpool and the Fylde region to the wider UK public whenever we can and through whichever medium is available to us.”

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