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Addicted to sheep! Barnard Castle farming couple win national award for their unique film

A couple of farmers from Bail Haill near Barnard Castle won the 'farming champion of the year' award last night.

They took home the award alongside filmmaker Magali Pettier for their 85 minute documentary 'Addicted to Sheep'.

The film follows the life of Tom and Kay and their sheep on the Raby Estate.

It involved 45 days of filming across 18 months - and was praised by judges for portraying farming families and communities in an honest, positive way and debunking many of the myths about agriculture.

They have brought farming to the big screen and to a whole new audience.

British food and farming relies on the support of shoppers and the more we can do to create understanding of all of the hard work and care that goes into producing food, the better."

– Meurig Raymond, NFU President


Woman injured in County Durham crash

The crash happened on the A76 near Barnard Castle Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after a collision involving two cars near Barnard Castle.

It happened yesterday afternoon on the A67. The 37-year-old was airlifted to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Two other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.


Retired soldier dies in canoe accident

Durham Police have named a canoeist who died after his boat capsized in the River Tees at the weekend.

Retired Colonel Andrew Pullan, from Barnard Castle, was pulled under the water at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle shortly after 2pm on Saturday.

The 47-year-old was pulled from the river by his instructor and given first aid, initially by members of the public and fellow canoeists then by one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died on Sunday morning.

Colonel Pullan commanded 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment between 2006-2008 and had recently retired from the Army.

He leaves a widow, Mel and two children Ben and Hanna.

Canoeist airlifted to hospital after rescue

A canoeist was airlifted to hospital after being pulled from a swollen river in County Durham.

Emergency services attended the scene yesterday afternoon near the suspension bridge over the River Tees at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle.

The man was rescued from the river bank and airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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