Annual show returns to Blackpool

Young farmers have descended on Blackpool for the weekend and will be joined by Matt Baker.
Young farmers have descended on Blackpool for the weekend and will be joined by Matt Baker.
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Tourism bosses in Blackpool today predicted a major boost for businesses as thousands of young farmers from across the country flock to the resort this weekend.

The 2013 Annual Convention in the Winter Gardens will be the 21st year the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs will host their event in the resort.

Matt Baker

Matt Baker

Young farmers will descend on the town from across the country, with some from Cumbria, Worcestershire and Devon cycling a total of 600 miles on their journey to the resort.

The BBC’s One Show presenter Matt Baker, the current NFYFC president, will chair the Annual General Meeting on Sunday but, before that, two nights of partying will see a host of celebrity DJs entertaining the crowds throughout the weekend.

Radio One DJ Aled Haydn Jones played hosted last night’s entertainment in the Winter Gardens’ Spanish Hall, and Jameela Jamil from the station’s Official Chart Show will DJ tonight.

Mandy Tythe McCallum, tourism manager at VisitBlackpool, said: “We are always thrilled to welcome the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to Blackpool.

“The fact they are bringing more than 4,000 people to the resort over a weekend is great news for the town and a real boost to a wide variety of businesses. Blackpool appeals to such a wide variety of people, whatever their age, and we look forward to welcoming NFYFC to the resort for the next 21 years.”

The national finals of the organisation’s drama, cheerleading, ballroom dancing and Senior Member of the Year competitions will also be held.

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A short history of a crucial farming group

The first Young Farmers’ Club opened in Hemyock, Devon, in 1921.

The next decade saw more clubs open to teach youngsters about agricultural education, including the rearing of animals and growing vegetables.

The Second World War almost spelled the end for a number of Young Farmers’ Clubs, but they were assisted by funding from the Board of Education.

Following the war, the organisation expanded and it is now regarded as a pivotal for the young people involved with the industry.

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