Melvin honoured for 35 years’ service to agriculture

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A farmworker and craftsman has been honoured for his dedication to the agricultural industry.

Melvin Jacques, of Norton, was presented with a commemorative certificate and whiskey glasses by John Stoddart-Scott, the president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday, July 9 - exactly 35 years to the day that he began his first day working for the Birdsall (Malton) Estate.

He was one of ten agricultural workers, with a total of 467 years’ service among them, to be honoured with a long service award this year.

The father-of-two, who was joined by his wife, Catherine, for the ceremony, said: “I enjoyed the day thoroughly. It was well organised and we were all treated very well.”

He added: “It’s recognition for 35 years’ hard work and 35 harvests. Obviously, you don’t see much of summer. I think all our wives should get a mention because they have to put up with the long hours at harvest time.”

The long service award also means Melvin will automatically have free entry into the show in future years.

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