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By Fiona Reid
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Once upon a time in farming

STORIES from and about Scotland’s agricultural past are wanted.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is calling for everyone to share their stories spanning the decades in recognition of its 240th anniversary.

For the 240 Years of Stories initiative they are hoping to weave together a rich tapestry of rural and agricultural tales.

From memories of farming traditions that have evolved from the use of horse and cart to machinery, to reflections of farmland being handed down to sons and daughters, to relaying fantastical stories of wins, losses and experiences of attending Scotland’s leading agriculture show, the Royal Highland Show, RHASS is keen to hear from anyone who has a connection to the agriculture or rural community and charity.

It is hoped that the information shared as part of 240 Years of Stories will help RHASS connect the stories it receives to its enduring support and commitment to the industry over the past two centuries.

Alan Laidlaw, RHASS chief executive said: “RHASS was formed 240 years ago and while the organisation has evolved tremendously since then, the very reason RHASS continues to exist today hasn’t changed; and that is to champion agriculture and support those who live and work within it.

“It’s those who have a connection with the sector and industry that we’d love to hear from.

“Whether you were brought up on a farm, have family who own a farm or have historic tales of generations gone by who worked within the sector and contributed in some way to the industry, we’d love to hear your stories.

“In gathering tales old and new, we can help preserve these stories so that 240 years from now, future generations can learn and enjoy what has gone before them.”

The stories shared will be taken forward in collaboration with the OnRecord – Memories of Rural Life, makers of OnFarm podcast The Scotsman Publications (National World).

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