A Blackpool hotel owner has spoken out to praise the young farmers who stayed with her during YFC AGM 18 after a stream of negative publicity overshadowed the weekend.
Tracy Marrington welcomed 71 young farmers to the Gr8 Hotel for the annual AGM weekend - 22 from Nottinghamshire and 49 from Vale of Lune.
She told Farmers Guardian: "Each and every young farmer was polite, friendly and well behaved. There was no bad language and the ones who had slightly rude t-shirts turned theirs inside out when walking to the Winter Gardens so they didn’t offend anyone.
"The farmers who stayed with us represented their clubs to the highest standard possible and are amazing young people who should be very proud of themselves for their exceptional attitude and behaviour.
A video showing a minority of young farmers causing trouble in the town centre was widely shared by the national press - overshadowing a weekend of fierce competition and a lively AGM levy debate.
Tracy continued: "I saw the video of the trouble but I didn’t see anything like that. If you keep supplying young people with alcohol, they will keep drinking it. The young farmers have contributed a lot to the local economy and the vast majority of them behaved themselves. A credit to the industry."
Seven Young Farmers Clubs collectively raised £50,000 for charities and causes close to their hearts ahead of the weekend.
Young farmers also helped raise £1,700 for the North West Air Ambulance.
Members were asked to donate £2 for the special cause in exchange for a Farmers Guardian t-shirt.