I always knew Nick Utting was a well-respected person in the community, but this was never so apparent than on Saturday evening as we, along with 500 other guests, celebrated the life and achievements of Nick Utting MBE.
The event was held in the fantastic setting of Eden Golf Club in a huge marquee and included Pimm's on the lawn prior to the meal. It was a black tie event with some handsome men in sharp suits and glamorous ladies with fabulous frocks. Our table was predominately female, with Michael Peile a solitary male – and just loving it!
During the evening a number of people including Ian Watson (formally of the MMB) paid tribute to Nick for his commitment to the local farming community and presented him with the Blamire Medal for services to agriculture. This is a local trust and to be honoured with this medal is a great achievement.
Mike Chester also paid tribute to Nick plus there was a message from the other side of the world from Michael Cowen. The compare for the evening was Ian Powley of Carrs Milling Industries plc.
Entertainment was 1st class with 'the singing waiters' who put on an act before launching into full operatic singing (they were a trio who have performed in the West End and Broadway!) along with two local lads who have a great double act of singing about 'local farming crack'.
The food was again 1st class and consisted of three courses along with complementary wine on the table – kindly provided by Nick and his partner Margaret. There were some fantastic raffle prizes donated by various local businesses, however our table was not successful! Other entertainment was provided by a band called Leroy and the Flints then the evening ended (post 2.00am!) with a disco from Loud & Bright and a finale of fireworks.
It was a fantastic night and it was great to be part of the celebration of Nicks great work for agriculture in our area.