YFCU arts festival gala 2018 is a huge success

Pictured with YFCU president, James Speers at the arts gala held in the Millennium Forum on Saturday 7th April, are producers of the arts festival club plays
Pictured with YFCU president, James Speers at the arts gala held in the Millennium Forum on Saturday 7th April, are producers of the arts festival club plays

Saturday, April 7, brought the return of the hugely popular Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster arts festival gala.

The event was held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry.

Norman McConaghie, Chestnutt Animal Feeds, along with wife Caroline and YFCU president James Speers pictured at the recent YFCU Arts Gala VIP Reception, sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds

Norman McConaghie, Chestnutt Animal Feeds, along with wife Caroline and YFCU president James Speers pictured at the recent YFCU Arts Gala VIP Reception, sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds

Sponsored for a number of years by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the arts festival gala saw the top five clubs from the YFCU’s arts festival perform to a packed audience of family, friends, industry representatives, MLAs, MEPs and distinguished guests.

A VIP reception sponsored by Chestnutt Animal Feeds was also held before the performances.

The clubs that took to the stage were Finvoy YFC, Kilraughts YFC, Kilrea YFC, Randalstown YFC and Spa YFC.

Each club performed a short drama piece which the members wrote and produced themselves.

Martin Malone, NFU Mutual with wife Allison pictured along with YFCU president James Speers at the Arts Gala, sponsored by NFU Mutual

Martin Malone, NFU Mutual with wife Allison pictured along with YFCU president James Speers at the Arts Gala, sponsored by NFU Mutual

The outstanding performance of the night award went to Finvoy Young Farmers Club.

Compère at the event was Tim McGarry, who provided light hearted entertainment throughout the night. Guest speaker was BBC presenter, Karen Patterson.

Karen delivered an intriguing talk about her background as a former young farmer and her journey to fulfilling her career aspirations as a broadcast journalist.

Following this Karen then presented representatives from the performing clubs with their awards.

YFCU president James Speers and Tim McGarry

YFCU president James Speers and Tim McGarry

Results were as follows:

Most amusing moment: Finvoy YFC

Most innovative musical moment: Randalstown YFC

Most imaginative theme: Finvoy YFC

YFCU president James Speers and Karen Patterson

YFCU president James Speers and Karen Patterson

Best choral piece: Kilraughts YFC

Best choreography: Glarryford YFC

Best newcomer: Dungiven YFC

Outstanding performance of the night: Finvoy YFC

Awards of special merit: Finvoy YFC, Kilraughts YFC, Kilrea YFC, Randalstown YFC and Spa YFC.

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April

Pictured at the YFCU arts festival gala held at the Millennium Forum, Londonderry on Saturday 7th April