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Beefy Botham on hand as property company celebrates 150 years
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
CRICKET legend Sir Ian Botham has shown his support at a fundraising evening to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a rural property firm.
The former England captain was the guest of honour as Smiths Gore marked the founding of its Darlington office in 1863, which now employs 25 people.
The event at Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth, will support Smith Gore’s two charities of the year - the Upper Teesdale Agriculture Support Services (UTASS) and Beefy’s Charity Foundation.
The company, a rural property consultancy of chartered surveyors, has branches across the North-East and deals with high value commercial and private properties.
Smiths Gore partner Philip Coles said: “We are proud of our long association with the North-East and our work over 150 years in the rural community.
“We have continued to trade through two world wars, too many recessions to remember and numerous challenges along the way, but we remain in a strong position on which to build further growth in the region.
“Although we maintain our traditional values, the company we operate today is almost unrecognisable from the business that started out in 1863.”
The company hopes to raise about £20,000 for the two charities by holding a number of challenges, including a recent five day walk across the Teesdale Way.
UTASS works with the local farming communities in the Upper Teesdale area, while Beefy’s supports various good causes, led by Sir Ian Botham.
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