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The best of British farming was celebrated last night (27 October) at the 2008 Farmers Weekly Awards.

In a glittering, star-studded ceremony in London, the hard work and dedication of people from across the industry was recognised in front of the Awards ceremony’s biggest-ever audience.

The 1300 people in attendance were entertained by aerial gymnasts, opera singer Annette Wardell and comedy musician Rainer Hersch.

Awards presenter, BBC sports broadcaster Clare Balding, hailed the 15 award-winners as being “no ordinary people”.

And she particularly praised Scottish beef and arable farmer Adrian Ivory, who was crowned Farmers Weekly‘s 2008 Farmer of the Year.

Mr Ivory, who collected his award to a standing ovation, was described as a “rising star” of the industry.

all awards winners 2008

Full list of 2008 Farmers Weekly Awards Winners