THIS month we take a trip down memory lane with photographs of Cumbria's young farmers enjoying taking part in competitions and their annual Field Day.

But over the past year farmers in Cumbria have been praised for rising to the challenge during Covid-19 and lockdown with Zoom becoming the new norm and staying in becoming the new going out.

Young farmers helped out in their local communities, clapped for the NHS, organised Covid-safe tractor runs and car treasure hunts and took part in virtual stockjudging, scavenger hunts, baking and photo competitions, quizzes and bingo.

At the 39th Northern District AGM, which took place via Zoom, northern district president, Richard Gardiner commended the young farmers for raising over £33,000 for charity in what he described as a difficult year, with district chairman, Robbie Tuer and young farmers from every northern district club joining him to raise £10,760 from his sponsored bike ride which saw monies raised split between Carlisle Eden Mind, West Cumbria Hospice at Home and the Northern District of Cumbria YFC.

During the early part of 2020, Robbie said he had enjoyed the successes of Brampton and Drigg in the drama and the jubilation of the county taking first and joint second places at the Northern Area Weekend.