More than 1,000 people attended ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 11 October, to help raise funds for Southern Area Hospice Services.

‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’, which was supported by main sponsor, Tullyherron Farm Feeds and also by the Ulster Farmers’ Union and Alan Milne Tractors, saw 10 local farmers entertain the masses in a bid to win a date with one of the lovely ladies in the audience.

In the end, it was John Patton of Loughgilly who triumphed and got his wife, as well as a £150 sterling voucher from Tullyherron Farm Feeds.  John scored the highest when the audience votes and the judge’s marks were combined. Marty Boyle from Crossmaglen and John Murnion of Hilltown were narrowly beaten into 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  The farmer and his ‘wife’ Sara Donaldson will now enjoy a lovely meal courtesy of Armagh City Hotel.

So far, more than £13,000 sterling has been raised for Southern Area Hospice Services through this event and there is still money coming in. Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services thanked all those who supported the event saying:“We would like to thank everyone who came along to the Armagh City Hotel to support ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. This was the first year of the event and we are delighted with how successful it has been. We are very grateful to the main sponsor for the event, Tullyherron Farm Feeds and also to the 10 farmers who took part – without them the event would not have been possible. I think everyone will agree they put on a fantastic show, whilst helping to raise vital funds for Southern Area Hospice Services.”

Kieran Shields of Tullyherron Farm Feeds said “We are delighted to have been associated with this event last Friday night.  We would like to congratulate Anne and the hospice for organising The Farmer Wants a Wife, the farmers who took part and everyone that supported it!  It was a great nights’ entertainment for all while raising much needed funds for the Southern Area Hospice. ”

Orders are now being taken for DVDs of ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. They cost £10 each with proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services. If you would like to order a DVD please contact Anne on 028 30251333 or email [email protected].

Pictured from left to right at ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ are Paul Sloan of main sponsors, Tullyherron Farm Feeds; judge Lorna Sixmith; the winning farmer, John Patton with his ‘wife’ Sara Donaldson; Martyn Blair, President of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, also a judge; along with Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services who organised the event. Photo credit: Emma McAnallen (EMA Photos)

 Pictured are the 10 farmers who took part in ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 11th October. Photo Credit: Emma McAnallen