Whitley Chapel Young Farmers have been crowned winners of the young farmers’ drama competition, with their performance of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, earning themselves a place in the semi-finals of the National Young Farmers’ Club Entertainment Competition.

The first round of the competition, which took place last weekend, at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall, saw Whitley Chapel triumph against opposition, Stamfordham, Tritlington and Coquetdale.

The club also picked up the award for best senior male actor, with Whitley Chapel chairman, Matthew Harding’s performance of the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.

Joss Heslop and Jess Henderson, of Whitley Chapel Young Farmers, were also praised for their amateur dramatic skills, voted best male and female junior, respectively.

The club will now go to represent the county in the semi-finals, which will held at Longridge High School, Preston, on March 1.

In the same weekend, Gemma Common, a long-standing member of Whitley Chapel Young Farmers Club, will participate in the member of the year competition and club secretary, Eleanor Scandle, will take part in a speaking competition.

Stamfordham, last year’s winners, placed second in the competition, with Jessica Amy Robinson awarded with best senior female performance for her efforts.

Bellingham Young Farmers also enjoyed success in a sub-section of the competition, winning both the commercial dance and cheerleading section, and will travel to Preston for the national competition, hoping to dance their way to another victory.