THREE Cumbrian legends from the farming community will be featured on a podcast broadcast by the Penrith-based The Farmer Network.

Entitled ‘Rugby Legends and Farming Friends’, the podcast is being held to support the MND charity My Name'5 Doddie.

Chaired by Farmer Network managing director Adam Day, the podcast will feature North Cumbria dairy farmer and cheesemaker Mark Lee, a former Scotland international; Tony Scott, a dairy farmer near Lockerbie, who was a former Cumbrian Rugby League professional, and Malcolm Brown, a former Cumbria and Aspatria captain, current President of Cumbria RFU, who enjoys his time hill farming on the edge of the Lake District.

Special guest appearances from other well-known rugby men are also planned for the podcast.

Mr Day said: “The farmers taking part are genuine rugby legends and I expect that there will be a substantial amount of banter between them as they discuss farming and rugby, mindful of the fact that we are trying to raise money to support one of the farming community’s top rugby men”.

The podcast will be broadcast on Wednesday, June 2, at 7.30pm on the Cumbria Farmer Network Facebook page.

A Just Giving page has been set up for donations to the My Name5 Doddie charity:

Cheques can also be made payable to “My Name’5 Doddie Foundation” and posted to: The Farmer Network, The Ashness Building, Newton Rigg College, Penrith, CA11 0AH

A number of farming-related businesses and organisations have pledged support for the event which it is hoped both farmers and rugby players will enjoy watching.

It is widely known that Scotland and British Lions star Doddie Weir (aged 50), is battling Motor Neurone Disease, a debilitating and incurable muscle-wasting disease.

A number of farming-related businesses and organisations have pledged support for the event.

The Farmer Network Ltd is an independent, non-profit, farmer-led organisation that provides help and support to farmers and their businesses across Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales.

The Farmer Network was formed in the aftermath of the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001 and currently has more than 1,200 members.