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    Student makes British history in annual European farming challenge

    A Suffolk student took part in a European farming event and became the best placed British performer in the competitions history.

    18 year old Esme Harrison from Lakenheath in Suffolk travelled to the Paris Agricultural Show, representing both the UK and Easton and Otley College.

    She shunned the Champs Elysees for the not so easy task of taking on over 100 competitors from 23 countries during an annual farming contest that takes place in the French capital city.

    The challenge asked participants to stock judge beef and dairy cattle in under an hour.

    At the end of the hour, Miss Harrison – who studies on a level three agricultural course at the college - was given a score of 98pc and was announced as the runner up.

    She said, “I was over the moon when I heard the result. My lecturer (Charlie Askew) told me that was the best result ever by a British competitor – so that’s just amazing.

    “It was extra special for me as my grandfather used to come to this event when he was younger.”

    Farm lecturer, Charlie Askew, said, “When organisers said the result, I reacted as though my favourite football team had scored a goal. It was a tremendous moment for Esme and the college. I spoke to organisers and they said this was the best performance by a British competitor ever.

    Emily Salisbury form the college also took part in the stockjudging event and came 44th out of over 100.