The generosity of a farming friend has led to a welcome surprise
for a Leeds visitor to the Great Yorkshire Show.
Left to right, George Hamilton of Growing Routes and farmer Steve
Willis presenting the hamper to Geoff Thackwray at the Great
Geoff Thackwray was invited to the three day farming and country
event by Malcolm Silversides who farms at Scholes. Whilst he was
there, Mr Thackwray entered a competition in the Farmers Meet area
of the show and was delighted to learn that, as a result, he was
the winner of the luxury food hamper, generously donated by Crimple
Valley Fresh of Harrogate.
This week Mr Thackwray was presented with the hamper by George
Hamilton, Programme Director for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's
Growing Routes which organises the Farmers Meet area at the Great
Yorkshire Show and Harrogate farmer Steve Willis. Mr Willis, who
farms at Fulwith Mill, Harrogate, recently launched his food delivery
business Crimple Valley Fresh and put together the hamper contents
as part of the new venture. Steve Willis said, "I was pleased
to be able to help with the hamper in recognition of the support
my new business has received from Growing Routes to get started."
Growing Routes is the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's initiative
which supports entrepreneurs in the rural sector within Yorkshire
and the Humber.
Mr Thackwray from Swarcliffe, Leeds said: "I hadn't been to
the Show since I was a teenager so I was delighted when Mr Silversides
asked me to go with him. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, particularly
looking around all the agricultural machinery. It was a great day
out with so much to see."
Over the three days more than 200 farmers visited the Farmers Meet
pavilion and in addition, the Agriculture Minister, Hilary Benn
and farming supremo, Sir Don Curry also included it on their itinerary.
George Hamilton, of Growing Routes said: "The Farmers Meet
is becoming an established point of interest at the show and it
is great to be able to highlight some of the year round activities
of the Society and showcase some of the farming businesses that
have received assistance."
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