Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shining a Light on Rural Champions of the Region

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Shining a Light on Rural Champions of the Region

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Byline: Vicky Robson Reporter vicky.robson@ncjmedia.co.uk

COUNTRYSIDE champions from around the North East have been honoured at the region's first awards dedicated to the rural community.

The North East Rural Awards were held at Linden Hall in Northumberland last week and recognised the best of the farming, tourism and business sectors in the North East countryside as well as the people who make the difference to our rural communities.

The awards have been organised by The Journal and our sister paper The Chronicle with support coming from associate sponsors Northumberland College and additional sponsors Arch, George F. White, NFU Mutual, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Northumbrian Water, Latimer Hinks, Northumberland National Park, Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club and Northumberland & Newcastle Society.

Keynote speaker was Northumberland farmer, businessman and Government advisor Lord Curry, who spoke of his love for the North East countryside and praised the shortlisted companies and individuals for their contribution to the region's rural communities.

Almost 200 guests enjoyed the dinner at Linden Hall.

Stuart Birkett, managing director of Journal publisher ncjMedia, said: "When we first talked about creating the North East Rural Awards many months ago, we knew there were plenty of great businesses, organisations and individuals who deserved credit. And we knew that it was vital to help celebrate and promote rural life and enterprise in our region.

"What we didn't know was whether our natural northern modesty would impact on entries or mean people wouldn't want to come along. I am delighted to say that not only have we received a vast range of excellent entries from right across the region, we also sold out of our first Rural Awards ceremony at the Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel. …

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