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Bangers on the barbecue for Downham Young Farmers’ festival

Sausages were the order of the day as 150 people turned up for a food festival in a village hall on Saturday evening.

The Downham Market Young Farmers, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, organised a Sausage, Cider and Gin Festival at Wereham Village Hall.

Just over £1,500 was raised through the event for Brain Research and Parkinson’s UK.

Thomas English and Robert Jermany
Thomas English and Robert Jermany

Kate Farr, the group’s chairlady for the year, said the idea for the festival was thought up in August with the produce being collected a week before the event took place.

Miss Farr said: “I was overwhelmed by how many came through the door. There were probably about 20 members organising and preparing, and we have got a good support team.

“We arrived at 12 (noon) to set up for 7.30pm and left around 1-1.30am so it took time to organise.”

Ellie Carter, Ryan Wilson, Chloe Garrett and Lewis Eves
Ellie Carter, Ryan Wilson, Chloe Garrett and Lewis Eves

Bramblebee Farms, Emneth, provided the sausages for the festival, while the Downham Cider Company supplied cider. The Ely Gin Company supplied the gin.

Miss Farr said a bailer was converted into a barbecue for the sausages and entertainment was provided by The Summertime Kings.

Chloe Garrett, a member of the Young Farmers group, said: “It was a fantastic event and I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it.”

Paul Day
Paul Day

She added that she initially joined the group after her parents had also been members.

“It is a generation thing, as well as a chance to meet more people,” Miss Garrett said.

As chairlady of the group for the year, Miss Farr was able to select the charities. She chose Parkinson’s UK as her grandad has the disease.

Brain Research was also picked as a charity close to another member’s heart after their mother died.

The Young Farmers have a big dinner dance event scheduled for May, with all the proceeds for charities being counted at the end of the year.

Anyone interested in joining should email downhammarketyfc@gmail.com.

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