December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A Norwich college hopes to team up with a pop star from one of the UK’s top-selling bands to promote farming to a new generation.
JB Gill from boy band JLS met Jason Shorten, a degree student at Easton and Otley College, at the Sundown Festival at the Norfolk Showground last week.
Mr Shorten, who is one of the country’s top young shepherds after finishing second at the Shepherd of the Year competition in Melton Mowbray in 2012, discussed farming with the singer, who has land in Kent.
Mr Shorten, from Dereham, said: “It was great to meet JB – I only saw him for a brief moment but he seemed very serious about farming.
“He mentioned that he is really interested in deer farming and he couldn’t have been nicer. I got the feeling that he was happy to chat for longer.
“However, unfortunately there was a queue of screaming fans behind us eager to get a moment with the band.
“He did take my card though and I know that the college are going to try and establish a stronger link with him when he turns his full attention to farming at the end of the year.”
College spokesman John Nice said: “We are grateful to JB for helping to make this happen. We are very keen to work with him again in the future to continue to promote farming to a new generation.”