Young Farmers set to entertain

Southern Young farmers rehearsals

Southern Young farmers rehearsals

The Isle of Man Young Farmers Annual Concert has sold out all three nights of its Gaiety Theatre performances on tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.

People have been known to start queuing at around 3am to make sure they get their favourite front row seats and this year seems to have been no different with the shows all selling out quickly, especially the final night.

Secretary of the Isle of Man Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Angela Teare, said: ‘It has sold out again, which is great.

‘There was a large queue as the Welcome Centre opened and tickets for the Saturday night sold out during the first day on sale with the other two nights selling out soon after.’

Angela said that rehearsals for the concerts are going really well.

‘I think by now, the four clubs are rehearsing every night in a bid to get their show just right,’ said Angela.

‘I can’t really reveal any plans, but that’s because I don’t really know them!

‘The clubs rehearse but tell no-one apart from their own club members what they are doing, some don’t even tell their family, for fear of another club finding out and stealing their idea.’

The hugely popular concert, sponsored by the Isle of Man Bank, is now in its 43rd year.

There are four Young Farmers’ clubs in the island – Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern – and all take part in the concert over the three nights.

All four clubs will perform a show lasting around 35 minutes on each of the three nights.

The performances are judged by different judges on each night and on the Saturday night the scores are totalled up to decide who wins the Marketing Society Cup.

Southern Young Farmers will be aiming to win the event for the 11th time in a row at this year’s event.

Angela said: ‘I can tell you that the dancing will be up to its usual high standard, both lads and girls have been practising hard.

‘Far too many male Young Farmers will don their bikinis, skimpy dresses, push up bras and stilettos – all in the name of entertainment and have a brilliant time, and of course the sketches, taking digs at local events and politicians will be great as well.’

Isle of Man Bank managing director Bill Shimmins is joining the judging panel on the Saturday night.

Mr Shimmins said: ‘The Isle of Man Bank is delighted to sponsor this incredibly popular show in support of two very worthwhile causes.

‘This year marks the 30th year that the Isle of Man Bank has sponsored the Young Farmers Concert and we expect it to be another three nights of great entertainment.

‘The action-packed night of hilarious tomfoolery has come a long way since it first started, and the performers and back stage teams have been working hard ahead of the show. I wish all involved the best of luck.’

Anyone between the ages of 10 and 36 can become a member of the Young Farmers.

The Isle of Man Young Farmers is the island’s leading youth movement.

It is an organisation that enables young people to meet, participate in activities, both socially and competitive, with the opportunity to travel, both nationally and internationally.

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