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Farmers’ Charity Auction to have a Touch of Tartan!

As the 2014 Farmers’ Charity Auction is being held on the eve of Burns’ Night, January 24, 2014, the organisers have announced that it will have a tartan twist and celebrate all things Scottish.

It is more than 30 years since Cumbria’s first Farmers’ Charity Auction, and since its inception these auctions have raised tens of thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes. Each one has been supported by businesses both sides of the border, however this is the first time that there has been a Scottish theme.

List of Donations made in 2008

L-R Nick Woodmass Longtown Auction, Andrew Wright Mitchells at Cockermouth, Scott Donaldson H&H at Carlisle, Graham Holliday NFU group secretary Carlisle, John Wharton Penrith auction, and David Porter Hopes Wigton

L-R Nick Woodmass Longtown Auction, Andrew Wright Mitchells at Cockermouth, Scott Donaldson H&H at Carlisle, Graham Holliday NFU group secretary Carlisle, John Wharton Penrith auction, and David Porter Hopes Wigton

Pledges and entries are now being received and one true Cross Border donation is two tickets to what is known as the battle for the Calcutta cup. This is part of the six nations Rugby Tournament, when Scotland will play England at Murrayfield on Saturday 8th February 2014. Whilst many other donations with a Scottish theme have already been received, the organisers are still hoping for a Highlander or a Scottish Blackface, two breeds synonymous with Scotland.

In addition to being an important fundraising event, it is as always guaranteed to be a fun event, and the organisers hope that this year people attending will try to get into the spirit of the theme by wearing a touch of tartan.

Giving further background to the theme the 2014 Auction Chairman Nick Utting said: “Our aim is to beat previous records and to date have received some fantastic Lots. The tartan twist really gives us a strong focus and the entire organising committee are hoping that everyone will get behind this Scottish theme.”

“Entertainment we hope will play an important role on the day, so if there are any bagpipers, bards or Burn’s look a likes, they are more than welcome to offer their services either on the day or as one of the lots!”

So far, livestock entries include a 3 month old , Simmental Cross Friesian Heifer. Hay and straw, hotel accommodation and handmade Shepherd’s crooks are some of the other items that have been donated to go under the hammer at Borderway Mart on the 24th January.

The money raised will be donated to Hospice at Home, Life Education Centres, The Farming Community Network, Headway – the brain injury association and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Businesses supporting this evening include the NFU, H&H Group, The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart, Longtown, Penrith and District Farmers Mart, Hopes of Wigton and Mitchells at Cockermouth.

Anyone wishing to donate goods or promises to the 2014 auction please contact Carlisle@nfumutual.co.uk or call 01228 523034. Alternatively, contact your local auction company.

For regular updates on news about the event, follow us on Twitter @farmers_auction and search for Farmers Charity Auction on Facebook.

 

NFU

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