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Awards for Yorkshire Farm Stay Members at Marmalade Highlight

Yorkshire members of Farm Stay, the UK’s largest network of farm-based accommodation providers, have again demonstrated their culinary imagination and skills by netting awards at the planet’s biggest competition for marmalade makers.

Farm Stay Yorkshire regional director Rosemary Hyslop, of Layhead Farm Cottages, Rathmell, Settle, is pictured with some of the county’s Marmalade Festival entries.

Rosemary Hyslop

A total of 11 silver and bronze awards were awarded to White Rose Farm Stay members, who were responsible for some 30 entries at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival at Dalemain House, near Penrith, Cumbria. (Sun, Feb 13)

Among them were Farm Stay Yorkshire committee member Christine Clarkson, from Bondcroft Farm B&B in Embsay, Skipton, who netted both silver and bronze awards for her Seville and dark chunky marmalades, while another Embsay entrant Val Hey, of Brackenley Grove, also landed bronze.

A further silver award winner was Farm Stay Yorkshire regional director Rosemary Hyslop, of Layhead Farm Cottages, Rathmell, with her which Saville marmalade, while near neighbour Richard Lord, who runs Little Bank Country House Bed & Breakfast in Rathmell, achieved a hat-trick of bronze successes.

Liza Preston and her son William, from Pickersgill Manor Farm B&B in Silsden, also clinched three bronze awards in total.

A record 1,100+ marmalade makers from all over the world sent in their jars to be judged at the 6th annual event, when Farm Stay members distributed copies of 2011 guide to visitors and also donated prizes of £50 Farm Stay vouchers to each winner.

The trophy and vouchers for the best marmalade was won by Environment Minister Lord Henley, whose traditional orange recipe will now be sold at Fortnum & Mason in London.

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