Young farmers trade wellies for ball gowns

You shall go to the ball! Young farmers Jess Straker, Toni Hall, Chloe Skeen, Hope Oliver, Charlotte Spours and Alice Renner. Picture Jane Coltman
You shall go to the ball! Young farmers Jess Straker, Toni Hall, Chloe Skeen, Hope Oliver, Charlotte Spours and Alice Renner. Picture Jane Coltman

Alnwick Young Farmers are setting out to raise funds for vital charities, all while having a ball.

The Farmers Ball, organised by Jess Straker, secretary of Alnwick Young Farmers Club, will raise funds for two North East lifelines.

The ball is in aid of The Great North Air Ambulance and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the RVI in Newcastle, which both provide vital support in the region.

Jess said both charities were very close to their hearts.

“It has been about 10 years since Alnwick last organised a dinner dance or similar big fund-raiser so we thought we would bring back the ball in style,” she said.

The ball is being held at The Alnwick Garden on February 28, and tickets have sold out but Jess wanted to thank all the local businesses that have contributed to a charity auction.

She said: “We are really lucky to have such fantastic local businesses who are supporting us at this event, including Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group who have very kindly sponsored the event.”

Prizes at the charity auction include a day’s hunting, a shooting lesson and an eight-hour fishing pass.

The night will be topped off by local band Christopher Daker and the Fabulous Daker Boys who recently auditioned for Britan’s Got Talent.

Anyone would like to get involved with the ball, or contribute to the young farmers’ cause, can contact Jess on jessstraker@live.co.uk