Tony Watson of East Thorn Farm, Kirkley, Ponteland donated the proceeds of the sale of a Highland beast to the charity Mind in memory of Stephen Aitken auctioneer at Darlington Mart who tragically died at the Mart in May.
Tony Watson (left) and David Graham
The animal was purchased by David Ingram of Cleveland Meats and was sold in the ring weighing 435 kg and raised £804.75 for the charity Mind.
Tony Watson said "I am very proud and privileged to donate the proceeds of the sale of this animal to the charity, as it was Stephen who sold me the beast at the Mart".
David Ingram, who purchased the beast, has been coming to Darlington every week since 1967 and had every intention of purchasing the animal from the outset.
Tracey Waite and the Highland beast in the sale ring
David commented that "Stephen was a fantastic auctioneer and a great man. With the help of Andrew Armstrong and a dedicated staff he built this mart into the great business that it is today."
David added, "farmers and buyers continue to support the mart which is a successful and thriving business, and a very important part of agriculture in the North East of England"
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