A CLITHEROE teenager has returned from Suffolk after filming the final of the BBC Three talent show Young Farmer of the Year.
Former Bishop Burton College agriculture student Seth Blakey was put forward for the show by his tutor, Helen Martin.
The Young Farmer of the Year contest is part of the Young Talent of the Year strand on BBC Three and celebrates young trade talent across the country.
Seth comes from a farming background. His family has an upland beef and sheep farm and he has just completed a National Diploma in Agriculture at Bishop Burton.
“Our tutor originally nominated eight people. Each of us were interviewed over the phone and from those eight, four went through to the final 60 and were invited to another round of interviews in Manchester,” said Seth. “.
“I was the only Bishop Burton nominee to get through to the final 20 and this meant a return visit to Manchester where I was quizzed by the judges on all aspects of farming and had to sit a written test.”
Following this second round of interviews, Seth learned he had made it through to the final four and would be filmed for the hour-long show.
“I spent three days at Woodbridge, in Suffolk, taking part in a number of practical agricultural challenges which were followed by eliminations. They also came to Lancashire and filmed at the farm as part of my ‘back story’.
“I met the presenter, George Lamb, and he was great – really interested in what we were doing and very enthusiastic about the show and its purpose.
“The rest of the filming took place in a hangar on an old airfield in Woodbridge and it’s actually where ‘Top Gear’ is filmed – it was a great experience and unlike anything I’d been involved in before. I quickly made friends with the other contestants and the crew and we had a really good time together. We soon forgot we were competing against each other.”
Seth is remaining tight-lipped about the outcome of the show, but feels it will highlight the agriculture industry in a positive way. “It’s a great thing for the industry. It highlights agriculture, but also shows many different ways of life,” he said.
“It should be a good programme and I would encourage anyone to sit down and watch.”
Seth pitted his farming skills against Will Ives, who attended Lackham College in Wiltshire, Robynne Strawbridge who attended Bicton College in Devon and Reece Lewis, of South Wales.
The programme is due to air in early 2012.