TWO local young farmers' groups have shared first and second in the countywide final of the Just A Minute competition.

Lowick’s team of Laura Wilson, Charlie Logan, Becky Coward and Ben Cooper came first, while the Eden Valley team of Emma Metcalf, Laura Ousby, Amy Swinbank and Sally Ewbank, were second.

The topics they had to discuss - without repetition, hesitation or deviation - were Mam’s Know Best, Milking A Goat, and High Heels.

Judge Graham Holliday praised the six teams who had won their way to the final for the quality of discussion and interruptions.

Brampton were placed third and Drigg in fourth. On the night, the six junior reading finalists also competed.

Teams of three had to read passages from the best-seller War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

Judges, Pete Alger and Carol Barker were very impressed with the quality of reading and expression.

This competition is seen as an introduction to public speaking for younger members and gives them the confidence to address an audience.

The winners of the junior reading final were a club based near Carlisle at Kirklinton YFC, Raughton Head YFC were second, Skelton were third and Lowick fourth.

The top three teams in both competitions will compete at the Northern Area Finals near Preston on March 1.

The Cumbrian Young Farmers' Club County Final was held at the George Hotel, Penrith.