Drama delight for Joe Bowman and Brampton
A harrowing account of 2001's foot and mouth crisis earned Brampton YFC of Cumbria top prize in the performing arts - drama competition, sponsored by Massey Ferguson.
The club's play, titled "The Wrong Fifty", told the story of a farming family in Cumbria struggling to cope as the epidemic took over their family farm. The play was written and produced by members of the farming community in Cumbria - one of the worst affected counties.
Club member Joe Bowman took home the best actor award for his powerful performance as John. Bowman, 22 had won the same award at all competition levels leading up the final.
Joe (pictured right) said: "Personally it was really special for me. Coming from a farming background, foot and mouth hit Cumbria very hard. It really did bring it home. When we started, I thought it was going to be too close to home. Sheer determination got us through it. We never thought we would win, but we did. This is the biggest moment for me in Young Farrmers!"
Eardisley YFC in Herefordshire came second for their play, "Murder in the Red Barn" and Llangadog YFC of Carmarthernshire finished third with "When We Were Young". But there was consolation for Llangadog as one of their stars, Sara Morgan, won the best actress award.
Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager at Massey Ferguson, was hugely impressed by the standard of performances on the day. Lindsay said: "The performances were fantastic as always. Not everyone can get up on stage and do what these guys do. Foot and mouth is an extremely difficult subject and I thought Brampton YFC dealt with it in a very professional manner. It's a great privilege for Massey Ferguson to be involved with this. We have a real belief in nurturing talent across all areas of farming and manufacturing. It's very important for us to encourage young people."
Check out the best photos from the competition here.