Ru­ral cham­pi­ons

Best of the very best is cel­e­brated

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

YORK­SHIRE’S FARM­ING and food her­itage is em­blem­atic of a county which prides it­self on hav­ing a world-renowned agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. Not only is it syn­ony­mous with ex­cel­lence, but its re­silience is also one of its most ad­mirable qual­i­ties.

Farm­ing, like other in­dus­tries, has had to adapt to change, but, in do­ing so, pub­lic aware­ness – and ap­pre­ci­a­tion – about lo­cal pro­duce, and its un­ri­valled value, has never been greater and this, in it­self, bodes well for the fu­ture.

Yet, just as The York­shire Post is now spear­head­ing a Love Your High Street cam­paign to sup­port those in­de­pen­dent shops and small busi­nesses in the re­gion who, in many cases, are fight­ing for their fu­ture ex­is­tence, this news­pa­per is equally proud of its an­nual Ru­ral Awards which con­tinue to go from strength to strength.

It’s right that this sec­tor is cher­ished and cel­e­brated in equal mea­sure – this Gov­ern­ment, like its pre­de­ces­sors, is guilty of tak­ing the ru­ral econ­omy and farm­ing for granted – and the win­ners, show­cased in to­day’s Coun­try Week sup­ple­ment, rep­re­sent the very best of York­shire pro­duce and hos­pi­tal­ity.

It was also en­tirely fit­ting that the life­time achieve­ment award was pre­sented to Bill Cowl­ing. A suc­cess­ful farmer, he has also en­joyed a 40 year as­so­ci­a­tion with the Great York­shire Show – most re­cently as its pres­i­dent – and has done more than any­one to show­case his in­dus­try and, where nec­es­sary, fight its po­lit­i­cal bat­tles.

And it is thanks to Mr Cowl­ing, and all those who fol­low his tire­less ex­am­ple, that York­shire has a farm­ing and food sec­tor which is the envy of the world.

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