A FARMING competition saw a selection of winners from around North Yorkshire, including Ryedale.

The Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs hosted the annual County Public Speaking and Sports Day at Harrogate High School, with many youngsters leaving the competitions with awards.

Alistair Wilkinson, a member of the Kirkbymoorside YFC, won the 10-minute speech competition with a humourous talk on how much money his initial £30 membership had led to him spending on things such as including nights out, skiing trips, a girlfriend from a neighbouring club and a baby.

The Ryedale District YFC came second in the five-a-side football competition, which means they will go forward to the Northern Area Weekend, hosted by Lancashire YFC, on the weekend of March 1.

The team included Andy Anfield, from Amotherby Young Farmers, James Dunn and Neil Adams, from the Helmsley Young Farmers, and Robin Wilkinson and Alistair Wilkinson, from the Kirkbymoorside Young Farmers. If victorious, the team will go to the national finals.

In the sport, Harrogate swept the board - taking the wins in all three categories of ladies’ netball, junior kwik cricket and men’s five-a-side football.

Teams from the South West district took first and runners-up honours in the junior reading competition. Harrogate took top place on the overall junior public speaking scoresheet.

For the intermediate age group, Harrogate won the Call My Bluff competition.

The senior debate was won by a team from the Craven district.

Jacob Ryder, from Harrogate district, won the junior member of the year competition, with the senior title going to Rachel Goldie, from Cledales.