The press party at the Royal Highland Show was a welcome ‘rest and recuperation’ opportunity at the end of the first day for Members and Friends of the Guild, as well as other journalists and photographers working at the show.
Once again, it was exceptionally well attended, which may have had something to do with the fantastic array of food and drink that Farm North-East editor Eddie Gillanders pursuaded sponsors to provide.
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) was the main food sponsor this year; other generous supporters included McDonalds (wine), NFU Mutual (beer and soft drinks), Marks & Spencer (strawberries and cream), Mackies (ice cream and crisps), First Milk (cheese) and the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland who provided the venue and show caterer Saltire.
Guild chairman Jane Craigie gave an update on progress with IFAJ Congress 2014 centred on Aberdeen and presented the Guild’s Stuart Seaton Award for regional journalism to a chuffed Press & Journal farming editor Joe Watson.
Rapt attention from machinery freelance Pete Small (left); Press & Journal farming editor Joe Watson; and Farmers Guardian news and business editor Ben Briggs.
Plates emptied: Catherine Hughes, CLA; freelance Bruce Jobson; and Kevin Brewer of publisher and PR agency Broglio.
“These are fine tatties,” says Ken Fletcher, deputy editor of The Scottish Farmer; machinery freelance Pete Small agrees.
Doreen Forsyth, who handles PR matters for Guild supporter Keenan, with husband Peter.
“Well done!” Farmers Guardian editor Emma Penny (left) applauds the result of the Stuart Seaton Award with Catherine Hughes and Greg Maxwell, Scottish Government ‘greener’ communications.