WITH less than two weeks before the nominations deadline, today, the names of the trio of judges chosen to oversee the prestigious David Thomlinson Award, have been published.

Sheila Thomlinson, David’s wife, is joined by David Pritchard, a former MD of Harrison & Hetherington, and Cumbrian vet David McCrea.

The winner will be announced at the 2021 Borderway Agri-Expo on Friday, October 29 .

The award itself, which will be presented by Sheila, has been specially commissioned from Border Fine Arts, the creators of the well-known countryside and wildlife figurines.

Following David’s sad and untimely death as a consequence of a tragic accident on his farm, this award is intended to commemorate his life and achievements.

David, who worked for Harrison & Hetherington his entire professional life, was a well-respected auctioneer, renowned farmer and Limousin breeder of 40 years.

Both judges knew David for many, many years. David Pritchard was a close friend and worked with him at Harrison & Hetherington. David McCrea, a Director of Capontree Vets in Brampton, was David Thomlinson’s vet, as well as being a neighbour and very close friend.

David McCrea said: “I am hugely honoured to have been invited to be part of the judging panel for this award. Throughout David’s life, he was an enthusiastic promoter of agriculture and was always eager to offer his help. He was a keen countryman, he made a difference, and with that in mind this award aims to encourage and reward individuals who possess the same drive, determination, and kindness as David”

Nominations for the inaugural David Thomlison Award close on the Wednesday 29th September and anyone wishing to make a nomination should send a brief resumé on the nominee to: The David Thomlinson Award, c/o Heather Pritchard, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd., Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle CA1 2RS, or by email to heatherp@borderway.com, with the name of the award in the subject line.

Meanwhile farmers are reminded to get their entries in for the Agri Expo.

With over 80 classes, Agri Expo has regularly seen in excess of 770 entries across its commercial and pedigree cattle, baby beef, and sheep classes.

Judging the main Cattle Classes is farmer James Crichton from Loughrigg Farm at Egremont. The Baby Beef & Cattle Young Handler Judge will be Argyllshire farmer, Duncan Semple. Responsible for the main Sheep Classes is noted sheep farmer and breeder Stuart Wood, former Auctioneer from Aberdeenshire.