A FORMER Garstang High School pupil who found unexpected fame in BBC2’s “Lambing Live” farming programme is staying in the public eye this summer.
Last year TV viewers around the country were given an insight into the struggles of a Welsh farming family – with “Lambing Live”, focussing on life at Jim and Kate Beavan’s farm in the Brecon Beacons, proving a huge hit.
Farmer’s wife Kate, daughter of Jack and Patty Benson of Little Eccleston, proved so popular with both viewers and was regarded by TV producers as a natural broadcaster, she is now doing a series of shorts for BBC1’s “The One Show” on a variety of wildlife and natural history topics.
Kate, has been on a series of location shots around the country recently for “The One Show” as well as the BBC’s “Weather Watch”.
“The One Show” projects, due to be screen on the evening slot programme in the near future include the use of horses in agriculture, in which Kate and equine pals have a go at bracken bashing.
She is also planning a short film on para-hawking – paragliding with a trained bird of prey!
For “Weather Watch” she has done an item examining the truth behind country tales such as ‘Do cows lie down before it starts raining?’
Kate, who will be back on home territory at the weekend when she visits her family, and drops in at the Great Eccleston Agricultural show.
Kate was born in Out Rawcliffe and went to Blackpool and Fylde College after Garstang High and Copp CE (Great Eccleston) and worked as a veterinary nurse in Blackpool. She moved to Abergavenny where she met Jim through the Young Farmers. They married in 1994 and have two children, Sam, 11, and Celyn Rose 9.
As well as her farm work, Kate works as a tutor at Colleg Gwent, South Wales, teaching animal management. She has recently been awarded a master’s degree in environmental conservation management from the University of Glamorgan.