STAMFORDHAM Young Farmers’ Club took the stage by storm at this year’s regional finals of the Entertainments Competition.

Coming in third place, the club only narrowly missed out on a chance to tread the boards at the national final, but lead actress Joanna Harrison said all members still felt proud of their impressive achievement.

“To make it as far as we did was very rewarding and we all enjoyed putting the play together,” she said.

The comedy production Where’s Me Teeth?, written by Stamfordham Young Farmers’ Club member Philip Eggleston, told the story of two elderly residents of a nursing home – Sydney who was played by Graham Adamson – and Joyce who was played by Joanna.

Disaster strikes the pair on a day trip when Sydney misplaces his teeth.

For Joanna, who has been with the Stamfordham club 10 years, this performance was particularly special.

“I’ll be turning 27 this year, so I’ll have reached the age limit to be a member of young farmers. It’s the end of an era in some ways, but I’m still planning to stay connected with the club, and continue to help out wherever I can.”

Joanna, who grew up on the family dairy farm Breckney Hill Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, said being a member of the club had offered her valuable life skills which she still uses today. In particular, her experience in public speaking and performance.

“As a secondary school teacher, I use these tools everyday,” she said.

“It was only after I joined young farmers that my confidence began to grow. Now I watch the next generation of members find their confidence.”