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Essex farmers record charity single

Chesney Hawkes Credit: PA Images

Young farmers are aiming to break into the top 40 with a charity single featuring comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes to help raise awareness about rural isolation and mental health issues affecting young people.

Put That Hoedown was recorded at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London and involved 50 young farmers from the Essex Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

The song celebrates young farmers and how they work hard, play hard and support each other. The lyrics reference the recent floods that affected farming communities across the UK, which young farmers supported by raising more than £40,000 to support communities devastated by the Somerset floods.