Yorkshire coast farm diversification businesses win national award

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Directors and staff at Hunmanby Grange's three farm diversification businesses are celebrating after winning a prestigious award in a national farming competition.

Wold Newton based Tom and Gill Mellor won the Diversification Farmer of the Year award in the large business category at the British Farming Awards in Droitwich last week.

The judges were impressed with the variety of Hunmanby Grange's businesses; Wold Top Brewery, Agricola Bottling and Muddy Souls Events and said: "Tom and Gill Mellor are making use of everything the farm has got along with all their attributes, skills and personalities, and in a unique manner.

"We particularly liked the fact people could have a beer with their own labels for weddings on the farm."

Gill Mellor said: "It's brilliant, we are really thrilled. This award will be hugely important to our staff who are fantastic and the absolute key to running a successful business."

Organised by Briefing Media, home of several farming publications, the 2014 British Farming Awards are designed to celebrate the best in British farming innovation. The awards dinner was attended by almost 500 farmers and industry representatives who enjoyed a locally sourced meal followed by an after dinner speech by Simon Weston.

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