New Year’s honour for farming stalwart

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A Kirkstead Bridge man was celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

Alan Stennet was recognised as a stalwart of agricultural broadcasting, farming and railway history.

His work to promote Lincolnshire food and farming is long-standing.

Since 1980, he has produced and presented BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s weekly farming programme, making it the longest-running regular farming broadcast on radio, apart perhaps from The Archers.

His interests extend not just to Lincolnshire’s farming industry but also its rich history.

Mr Stennet is the author of many books and videos portraying the history of the county’s railways and its local dialect: his tome on this subject is called “Nobbut a Yellerbelly”!

NFU Regional Director, Richard Hezlet said: “I am so pleased that Alan’s many years of dedication to his work and to our industry, have been recognised.

“He has worked tirelessly to promote an understanding of agricultural matters not just to his farming audience.

“He has also worked for many years for the Lincolnshire Show, where he commentates and is a member of the Agricultural Society’s Council. His writing and talks take him far and wide and he is rightly recognised as the voice of Lincolnshire farming.”

○A former Horncastle resident, Alan Harris, has received France’s highest military award - the Legion of Honour - for his role in the Normandy Landings.

Mr Harris (91) now lives in Kirkby La Thorpe.