Three employees of the same farming family have been recognised for their long service at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Malcolm Dennis and cousins Robert and Geoff Sedgwick were all honoured for more than 35 years service to the Potter family at Village Farm in Kirklington and The Brooms Farm in Baldersby St James.
Malcolm worked at Village Farm, now run by Richard Potter, for 35 years and even though he is now retired still returns to help with the harvest.
Robert Sedgwick has spent his entire working life at Village Farm, coming to the farm when he left school in 1973, the same year that his cousin Geoff started work for Richard Potter’s brother Michael at The Brooms Farm in Baldersby St James.
Geoff and Robert followed in the footsteps of their fathers George and Percy Sedgwick, uncle Walter and grandfather Bob. All four men worked for the Potters at Village Farm, making Geoff and Robert the third generation of their family to work alongside four generations of Potters and meaning the Sedgwicks have 95 years of uninterrupted service on the farm.
Michael Potter praised the men’s dedication to the farming life:
“My brother Richard and I are very lucky to work alongside such loyal and hard-working people.”
However, none of them can beat the record set by Douglas Fairburn, who received his long service award three years ago.
Mr Fairburn has completed a remarkable 61 years of service, having started working at The Brooms in 1950 at the age of 17. Now 78, he still works full time on the farm.
“I am sure there are very few people to have worked in the same position for such a long time and are still going strong after 61 years. When Douglas started work the farm was a very different place and he has seen remarkable changes in farming techniques,” said Michael Potter.
The long service awards are given out by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to agricultural workers who have spent more than 35 years on the same farm, and were presented by the society’s president Sir Ken Morrison at the show on Wednesday, July 13.