Young Farmers celebrate 75th birthday

Almost 6,000 Young Farmers from across Scotland - including some from Galloway - descended on the Glasgow Hydro on Saturday to mark the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs’ (SAYFC) 75-year anniversary.

Over 300 past and present members were joined by an audience of 5,500 in Glasgow’s newest entertainment venue to make it one of the Associations largest events since it was founded in 1938.

Generations of families were involved in the all singing, all dancing display which included dance routines, comedy sketches, solo performances and musical entertainment as well as the highly anticipated Farmers Wives Choir who performed a variety of classics from the 1950’s to present day.

SAYFC National Chairman, Katherine Marr, has been involved in the event since the planning stages, she commented: “To have had the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the Hydro with all of Scotland’s farming community was phenomenal and one I will never forget. Thanks must go to each and every cast member which took part, without them the show would never have been such an extravaganza.”

The Hydro event was not the only SAYFC event of the weekend as the Association also hosted a dinner dance on Friday evening (29th November) at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow with 600 people in attendance.

The weekend of celebrations marks 75 years of Scotland’s young farmers, and also hopes to raise funds for the Willie Davidson Fund – set up in honour of a former member – to provide necessary funding for future events and development of individual members.

Sandy Wilkie of Muller Wiseman Dairies and current President of the SAYFC added: “The concert highlighted the tremendous strength of SAYFC by bringing together past, present and future members for a night of fantastic entertainment. The dedication of all involved shows the loyalty and dedication each member has to the Association down to the fantastic support which it has provided to the community for 75 years. The weekend offered a great opportunity to relive experiences and a showcase the future generations.”