Jigging contest a "reel" Scottish success

Date: Thursday 31st January 2019

A STRICTLY Jigging Competition held at the Farmers Charity Auction was judged by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, Hannah Jackson, better known as the Red Shepherdess, and Cumbria Woman of the Year Joanne Thompson.

The dancers were rated as they tried to impress judges with their Scottish reels. After the dancing, Mr Stewart auctioned off the first lot of the day — a signed bottle of House of Commons whisky — which sold for £150.

The Farmers Charity Auction raised more than £55,000 which will be split equally between four local charities — Life Education Cumbria, the stroke and heart units at the Cumberland Infirmary and RABI.

The auction is held every five years and is organised by the NFU office in Carlisle and five local auction companies in Penrith, Carlisle, Wigton, Cockermouth and Longtown.

After the event, Mr Stewart said: “It was an honour to be asked to judge the Scottish reeling and a joy to do it. I commend all the couples for learning the reels and putting their all into the dancing — as well as their outfits.

“It was fantastic to see so many people supporting the auction. And I’m delighted so much money was raised for such worthy local causes.”