Norfolk farming clubs battle for quiz title

An inter-club quiz competition at Easton College brought the cream of the county's farming groups together for the first time in years.

David Morton, of the Norfolk Federation of Livestock Clubs, threw down the gauntlet to teams after an initial proposal by retired college lecturer Mike Raw. He told the audience of more than 100 that he had been inspired by the legendary adviser John Mann, who had staged a farming quiz competition for many years which had filled St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.

A total of 16 teams, each with six members, had to answer 10 rounds or a total of 100 questions. The county's annual livestock clubs' competition formed part of the competition and the question master was Rory Hart.

The result for the livestock federation's trophy was very close with Diss Livestock Club, ably skippered by chairman Roger Aves, winning victory by half a point with 61 marks. The Norfolk Sheep Club was runner-up and in third, Gillingham Livestock Club.

The overall result was close as Holt & District Farmers' Club scored 81, ahead of Statham Farmers' Club with 77. In joint third place, Easton College staff and the Combined Livestock team shared the honours.