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Northern Area Weekend, York, 25th and 26th February.

We had a very successful trip down to York for the Northern Area Weekend. With an early start on the Saturday for the Speaking competitions. Tritlington took part in the After Dinner Speaking competition coming a creditable 4th place overall. Ed Dungait came 2nd in his section and even managed to quote Bob Marley in his speech about gamekeepers. Kate Spottiswood from Bellingham also won Situations Vacant competition and qualified for the National Finals which is a huge achievement. Haltwhistle also took part in the Brainstrust competition and Danny Wilkinson from Stamfordham represented us in the Junior Member or the year. Well done to Carly Hall for answering some tough questions in a live stage interview as part of the senior member of the year competition where she came 5th.

Whitley Chapel also performed their entertainments and came 2nd to Raughton Head from Cumbria. Well done to Bethany Marshall and Dan Miller for receiving actor and actress awards. They then went onto Retford on the 18th March and again put on another outstanding performance, narrowly losing out on the top spot again to Raughton Head. Whitley Chapel then had the trip to Torquay to prepare for, another fantastic achievement for them reaching another National Final.

Many of us then headed out in York for a quiet few drinks and attended the Viking themed party where some members found it so amusing to put empty cups on the Viking helmets of fellow YF members at the ‘school disco.’

It was soon the Sunday morning and many members were slowly making their way down to breakfast. The football team arrived early with their coach Stu Mac aka Smithy and were ready for action. Their team consisted of members from Shaftoe, Haltwhistle and Cambo They played exceptionally well, narrowly missing out on a place in the National Finals. They came 3rd place overall, only losing by 1 goal in the semi-final.

After a slow start over breakfast the netball players made up of members from Stamfordham, Cambo and Haltwhistle got their heads in the game and warmed up for their first match.  The team won their league and beat County Durham in a very close semi-final. In the final they were drawing 6-6 on the final whistle so two minutes of added time were played where East Riding went on to win the competition by 1 goal.

It was then time for Cambo and Stu Mac to hit the dancefloor in the Streetdance competition, with moves only every seen in Hexham in the early hours, the team came 3rd and also came 5th in the cheerleading competition.

A great weekend was had by all and we finished in 5th place overall. Well done to all members who competed and supported the event. It was a fantastic evidence of a county that comes together to help each other out and put ourselves on the National YFC map. We would also like to thank Youngs RPS for their continued support of the competitions programme.