Two heroes – its your vote and its your choice

17 November 2000

Two heroes – its your vote and its your choice

FARMERS WEEKLY is searching for heroes. We want your help to select two personalities who have done more than anyone else to promote British food, farming and the countryside in one of the most difficult 12 months in living memory.

This year, we will be honouring service to British agriculture in two key categories: Farming Personality and Non-farming Personality. Which farming personality has, in your view, achieved the best results for British farming? Would you pick David Handley, chairman of Farmers For Action for his role in spearheading peaceful direct action in protest against the governments handling of the farming crisis? Or do you believe the softly, softly approach of NFU leader Ben Gill has been more effective in representing the cause of farmers?

Perhaps you believe Jim Walker of the Scottish NFU or Bob Parry of the Farmers Union of Wales deserves recognition?

Then again possibly Brynle Williams has a greater claim to the award for drawing attention to the Labour governments high rate of tax on fuel? Perhaps you can think of someone we have not mentioned?

The choice is up to you. Simply make your selection and send it to us, together with your reason for your choice, to the address below.

New this year is the Non-farming Personality category. Here we want to celebrate the achievement of a personality not directly involved in running a practical farming business for his, her or its contribution to promoting British food, agriculture and the countryside. Celebrity chefs are well represented in this category in the shape of Clarissa Dickson Wright and Anthony Worrall Thompson.

A surprise candidate, who qualifies by a squeak, is Winnie the Pig. Although naturally involved in farming, Winnie has not yet added farm business management to her achievements. We believe she is worthy of an award for the success her pig-headed protest in Parliament Square achieved in garnering national headlines and highlighting the plight of pig producers earlier this year.

Perhaps you believe Prince Charles has a greater claim? His views on the environment have certainly attracted media attention. Whoever, or whatever, you believe deserves recognition, mark your choice on the form below and send it to us.

If your choices co-incides with the majority of our readers and you supply a convincing reason why your candidate deserves to win, you could be welcoming the New Year with a bottle of top quality English sparkling wine and a magnificent food hamper.

Simply fill out the form and return it to us by Dec 11 or visit

Clarissa Dickson Wright has promoted British produce on TV.

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