INNOVATION and creativity have been important for Young Farmers Clubs this year, as they have tried to function under the Covid-19 restrictions. Lower Nithsdale YFC members typified these efforts as they went one step further in order to raise money for their chosen charity this year, GlenCairn Ward.

Their tractor run event has already managed to raise just over £2000 between entries and donations, with the total still rising. The 25 mile route starting and finishing at Dumfries showground, attracted 100 vehicles – 98 tractors, one loading shovel and one lorry – from as far afield as Gretna, Ayrshire and Stranraer.

"As a club we still wanted to try and do something for our chosen charity this year, which is to raise money for an interactive table for Dementia patients at Midpark Dumfries, and also towards the club as a charity itself," said Lower Nithsdale YFC chairman, Colin McKinnon. "This charitable cause has been noticeably so close to so many involved not only within the club but the event itself!

"Of course Covid-19 played a huge part in this event, with all entrants, club committee members, stewards, and escort vehicles having to work within all regulations, everyone made a huge effort to make the day a great success and a spectacle for all the public who showed their support. We are so thankful for the support and for everyone's donations so far," concluded Mr McKinnon.