A WORKING partnership lasting more than 40 years has reached another milestone with students at Newton Rigg College benefiting from the relationship.

The Penrith-based college has been working with Carrs Billington Agriculture Ltd, based at Rosehill in Carlisle, since at least the late 1970s, and recently Regional branch managers Ian Powley and Sophie Smith handed more than 90 pairs of overalls to agriculture and technology students.

Mr Powley said: “We have had a long association with Newton Rigg and are always pleased to help students with funding and supplying the boiler suits. These young people are the future of our industry and we need to support and encourage them at every opportunity.’’

Newton Rigg Director, Robert Marshall-Slater was on hand to watch the presentation and said: “We greatly value our relationship with Carrs Billington. We share the same ambitions to inspire and encourage our students to achieve their potential and achieve their life goals. Agriculture is so important to this county and region, and many of these students will play key roles in ensuring that remains the case.”

Newton Rigg is part of York-based Askham Bryan College.