National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 April 2017

Statement from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Chairman of the Board of Management Heather Black

“A massive team effort helped over 100 members in the early hours of Saturday morning (23 April) after a fire started in the hotel they were staying in. Most members were at the NFYFC’s fancy dress event at the Riviera Centre when the incident happened but could not return to their hotel.

Members from Brecknock and Radnor Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs were stranded in the early hours of Saturday morning after the incident at the hotel.

Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the incident and NFYFC, YFC members, the local authorities and the Riviera Centre quickly pulled together to find alternative accommodation for the night and ensure everyone was accounted for.

We are pleased to say that all our YFC members and the hotel staff are safe and well. The Riviera Centre was very kind in allowing our members to stay over in the Centre and provided refreshments for them. Torbay Council provided emergency supplies so everyone had a sleeping bag and Arley Medical Services supported our members too.

County staff, fellow YFC members and NFYFC staff worked tirelessly throughout the night with the local authorities to ensure families were informed and to make information widely available.

Thanks to the support and generosity of local hotels, all of the YFC members affected were allocated accommodation for Sunday night to allow them to continue to compete in NFYFC’s competition finals or take part in the remainder of the Convention. Local hotels also provided extra towels for the YFC members staying at the Riviera Centre over night, which was much appreciated.

Primark in Torquay also kindly opened its doors early so that new clothes could be purchased for the YFC members who were without their belongings – some of whom were still in fancy dress from the Princes and Princesses party at the Riviera Centre. It has been a real team effort between the Torquay community and YFC.

NFYFC wishes to thank Torbay Council, the Riviera Centre, the police and fire services for their support during this incident and the Federation is continuing to work with them on this ongoing investigation.

Young Farmers enjoyed being in Torquay last weekend to celebrate our Annual Convention and we thank Torquay residents and local businesses for making us welcome again for what we know is a major event for our Federation and the seaside town. We will be working with the mayor and local authorities to discuss future NFYFC Conventions in the Bay."

For press enquiries, please contact Cheryl Liddle on 07717 853823.


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