Young farmers’ group marks its 75th year

Federation of Young Farmers 75th anniversary dinner dance at Blackpool Winter Gardens. L-R Livi Taylor, Sarah Kellett, Victoria Newsham, Roanne Stowe and Rebecca Turpin.
Federation of Young Farmers 75th anniversary dinner dance at Blackpool Winter Gardens. L-R Livi Taylor, Sarah Kellett, Victoria Newsham, Roanne Stowe and Rebecca Turpin.
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A GROUP for people living and working in rural areas has celebrated its 75th anniversary with a huge dinner dance.

The Lancashire Federation of Young Farmers met at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Saturday night for a champagne reception, a three-course feast and dancing to mark the occasion.

The group’s vice chairman Jessica Townson said: “It was a really good evening.

“We hold annual events every year, but this year we wanted to make it more special as it was our 75th year.

“Some 350 guests turned up, and we had sheep and dairy farmer Peter Slack as our special guest.”

During the evening, the federation’s oldest surviving chairman Norman Lund presented the members with a new ribbon, bearing the name of all the past chairmen.

Jessica, 23, added: “It was really nice that he was able to do that.”

The evening featured musical entertainment from live band Boomin and a DJ.

The federation consists of 18 young farmers’ groups within Lancashire, and is aimed at farmers and people aged between 10 and 26 who live in the county’s rural spots and communities. Each group, including some in Fylde, meets once a week for social events, including bowling, dancing and talks by industry leaders.

Jessica, a member of Bolton-By-Bowland Young Farmer, said: “There really is a diverse mix of activities and competitions for members to be part of. It’s a really good hobby to have.”

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