Scottish Blackie hope in tartan twist for auction

All things Scottish will be celebrated at the 2014 Farmers' Charity Auction, being held on the eve of Burns Night.

All things Scottish will be celebrated at this year's Farmers' Charity Auction at Borderway Mart
All things Scottish will be celebrated at this year's Farmers' Charity Auction at Borderway Mart

All things Scottish will be celebrated at the 2014 Farmers’ Charity Auction to mark the fact it is being held on the eve of Burns Night.

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.

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, February 8.

While many other donations with a Scottish theme have already been received, the organisers are keeping their fingers crossed for a Highlander or a Scottish Blackface, two breeds synonymous with Scotland.

In addition to being an important fundraising event, the auction is also is guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Organisers are hoping that those attending will try to get into the spirit of the theme by wearing a touch of tartan.

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.”

“We hope entertainment will play an important role on the day, so if there are any bagpipers, bards or Burns look-a-likes, they are welcome to offer their services either on the day or as one of the lots.”

So far, livestock entries include a three-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 Friday, January 24.

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 the evening include the NFU, H&H Group, 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 is asked to contact Carlisle@nfumutual.co.uk or call 01228 523034.Alternatively, contact your local auction company.

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