One of the highlights of Borderway Agri-Expo was the presentation of the prestigious Blamire Award to stock farmer John Hall.
Mr Hall, of Inglewood Edge, Dalston, near Penrith, is one of the region’s most renowned breeders.
He and his family are no strangers to Borderway Agri-Expo, having taken the overall champion at past events, while last year they were winners in the Beltex Cross and Texel Cross classes and went on to win reserve overall champion with a pair of Dutch Texel Lambs.
Each year the Blamire Award, a monogrammed coin-like medal, is presented to people who are directly involved in agriculture in the old county of Cumberland.
Mr Hall has been an ambassador for Cumbrian farmers his entire life, and this accolade was a tribute from the Cumbrian agricultural community to his dedication.
Mr Hall said: “It was a major surprise, and came totally out of the blue.
“Nothing that has been achieved at Inglewood Edge is a one-man effort – it has been team work over a long period of time.
“So I am absolutely delighted to accept this award, not just for me but also onbehalf of everyone who has contributed to our farm livestock enterprise at Inglewood Edge since I left school.
“I would particularly like to thank my family, my wife Mary and our daughters, my brother Peter and his wife Elizabeth.”
He specifically asked to be presented with his medal at Borderway Agri-Expo, explaining: “Some of the best days of my life have been spent at Carlisle Mart, mostly selling cattle, so really there was no more appropriateor better place to receivethis award.”