Young farmers gear up for 50th bash

DO you have any old photographs or memoribilia from your time as a member of the City of Derry Young Farmers' Club?

The club is gearing up to celebrate a very important milestone this year.

It is incredibly 50-years-old in 2011 and will be holding an anniversary bash in the City Hotel in Londonderry on Saturday, February 19.

The anniversary dinner dance will be a celebration of the proud tradition of the Young Farmers' Club in the Londonderry area.

The club has been a great social outlet for young members of the Londonderry farming community for half a century.

Pictured (right) are the prize winners at the City of Derry Young Farmers' Club's 25th anniversary in 1986.

In the back row are Cathy Lusby, Henry Snodgrass, Robert Buchanan, Derwood Moore and Geoff Connell. In the middle row are John chamber (club leader), David Canning (UFU representative), Cheryl Conn, Siobhan McGinnis, Robert Bredin (treasurer) and Sammy Wilson (President).

And in the front row are Clarke Black (Ulster Young Farmers' Club President), Diane Gray, Mrs Black, Jennifer Stewart and Mrs Maureen Hamilton (Honorary President).

The local club is particularly interested in gathering memorabilia and similar old photographs in advance of its landmark celebration next month.

Tickets for the dance are available by contacting Emma Colhoun on 07971232213 and anyone who has any interesting old pictures can either contact McColhoun or the Sentinel on 71341175.

Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster is an exciting and fun-filled organisation that is for young people and run by young people. Young farmers is all about achievement - allowing people learn new skills and realise your full potential; friendship - "through the YFCU you will have the opportunity to meet loads of new people – other members of your club, members from other clubs and members from our sister organisations throughout the world".