THOUSANDS of pounds is to be handed out to worthy causes following a successful event earlier this year.

Back in August, this year's Hiraethog Speed Shearing event saw more than 700 people attending.

It was held for a second time at Wales’ highest pub, the Sportsmans Arms, near Bylchau, on August 24.

Following the success of the event, held for the first time last year, this old age farming tradition bought the competitive streak out in some of Wales’ top shearers, many living locally in the Vale of Clwyd.

Following on from the event, a cheque of £2,500 is to be presented to Wales Air Ambulance, with a contribution of £200 also going to the Bro Aled local appeal committee for the 2019 Conwy National Eisteddfod.

A Hiraethog Speed Shearing spokesperson said: "A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who supported the event and made it a resounding success.

"The Nantglyn YFC Show committee looks forward to welcoming everyone to the shearing showcase again next year."

After this year's event, Elen Gwen Williams, from Groes, one of the young organisers, said: “We are extremely fortunate as a Young Farmers Club, here in Nantglyn, of the community support.

"Our Nantglyn YFC Show committee supported our idea last year for hosting the event and yet again this year, we couldn’t have done it without the support of second and third generation club members and friends in pulling the shearing together.

“Sponsors came from local businesses to assist in ensuring we had great cash prizes on offer to entice competitors and we weren’t let down by the shearers!

"We are grateful to sponsors, competitors, judges, onlookers and stewards for their commitment to the event, in addition to the team at Sportsmans for allowing us to host the event at the Denbigh Moors pub field.”