Tributes have been paid to NFU roadshow legend Johnny Ball, who died on Christmas Eve at the age of 71.
Lancashire farmer and early pioneer of farming education, Mr Ball spent 16 years of his life promoting food and farming to millions of children and adults as the NFU’s Let’s Talk Farming Roadshow.
A passionate advocate for Red Tractor, he retired from the NFU in 2016.
Taking to Twitter, NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “RIP Johnny. He enthused thousands of children about farming and he was always a pleasure to meet and chat to.
“He always had a smile on his face and he always put a smile on mine.”
A statement released on NFU North West’s website, said: “A character in every sense of the word, Johnny was a larger than life personality whose enthusiasm and energy brought farming to the masses.
“As happy with a prince as he was a pauper, Johnny was an extrovert who was passionate about the industry and would always put himself forward for media work, becoming a bit of a local celebrity.”