Renowned charity fund raiser and stalwart of Harrogate civic life, Chris Brown, was presented with a Life Time Achievement Award at The Great Yorkshire Show on Tuesday.
The annual award was presented by show director Bill Cowling and Suzy Deeley development manager of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, to the Baldersby based farmer in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the agricultural industry and charity fund raising.
Mr Brown said: “I am privileged and honoured to be considered for this award because I am not even a Yorkshireman, I was born in Stoke-on-Trent.”
Mr Brown served on Harrogate Council for 29 years, and became an Alderman of Harrogate Borough last year and is also a freeman of the Harrogate Borough.
However it is his charitable work that Mr Brown is most well known for and he was awarded an MBE in recognition of this in 1990.
Over the years he has raised thousands of pounds for charities including Marie Curie, Farm Africa and Starbeck based Claro Enterprises.
He said: “I have been very lucky, with the help of other people to achieve a few things, and hopefully help others less fortunate.”
Mr Brown began his farming career in Yorkshire in 1971, joining his father-in-law in the family partnership AE Jones & Son. He thanked his wife of 42 years Susan Brown. “It is my wife who really deserves this as without the support of her and her family, I’m sure I would have achieved very little!”
A soldier who began his army career at the Army Foundation College was also honoured at the show.
Pte Brett Sanderson of The Yorkshire Regiment was presented with the best soldier award in front of cheering crowds in the main ring.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society also honoured former Yorkshire Agricultural Society steward Fred Baker with a new dry stone memorial bench.
Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Mr Baker’s widow, education advisor Hazel Baker, unveiled the bench on Tuesday.
He said: “It is nice to be able to honour him with this, he was a huge help to the show.”
Mr Pulling thanked all of the volunteer stewards. He said: “Over 3000 volunteers helps us to make sure that the show happens.
“We couldn’t do it without them.”
Photograph by Winpenny Photography, Otley for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society