Best in the north carve their names on awards

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY GEMMA MACKEN­ZIE

More than 250 mem­bers of the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity gath­ered for the Royal North­ern Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s (RNAS) awards lunch yes­ter­day.

Awards are pre­sented by the so­ci­ety ev­ery year to recog­nise mem­bers of the farm­ing com­mu­nity.

The wor­thy win­ners re­ceived their awards at a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion lunch at the Jury’s Inn at Aberdeen Air­port.

The Press and Journal Award, which recog­nises a pub­lic fig­ure or per­son­al­ity for their ser­vices to agri­cul­ture, was pre­sented to farmer and house­builder Malcolm Al­lan of Up­per­mill Farm, Kin­tore.

The lo­cal award, spon­sored by ANM Group, went to Ge­orge Mearns from Tur­riff Agri Parts Lim­ited. The award, recog­nises some­one for their ser­vices to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, spe­cial­ist farm­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions or groups.

Mr Mearns also re­ceived his 40-year long ser­vice medal from the Royal High­land and Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Scot­land.

Mean­while the David Argo Award, which is pre­sented to an un­sung hero work­ing in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor who mer­its par­tic­u­lar recog­ni­tion, was pre­sented to long-stand­ing Ban­chory Show com­mit­tee mem­ber Gor­don Christie.

The 35-and-Un­der Award, spon­sored by

SRUC, went to re­searcher Dr Jenna Ross. The award is given to a per­son in that age group who has demon­strated sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to agri­cul­ture.

The stu­dent award for a farmer’s son or daugh­ter work­ing at home, spon­sored by Cly­des­dale Bank, went to Oliver Pirie, Cas­tle of Auchry Farm, Tur­riff.

The award for a stu­dent em­ployed out­with the home, also spon­sored by Cly­des­dale Bank, went to Paul Duguid, of Gairn Ter­race, Aberdeen.

Lastly, the award for an agri­cul­tural ap­pren­tice, spon­sored by Tur­riff Agri Parts, went to David Scott Rosin, Mil­ton of Culsh, Tar­land.

Pho­tographs by Kath Flan­nery

PRIZE: Oliver Pirie won the award for a farmer’s son or daugh­ter work­ing at home.

RNAS pres­i­dent Keith Walker, left, and Gor­don Christie

P&J farm­ing ed­i­tor Gemma Macken­zie and Malcolm Al­lan

Dr Jenna Ross, left, and Pro­fes­sor Caro­line Argo from SRUC

ANM Group chair­man Pete Wat­son, left, and Ge­orge Mearns

Tur­riff Agri Parts di­rec­tor Eileen Brown and David Scott Rosin

Paul Duguid and Brian Richard­son from Cly­des­dale Bank, right

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