Tributes paid to “one in a million” farmer who has died aged 26

Hannah Brown at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2019. Photo: Wayne Hutchinson/

Tributes have been paid to a popular young farmer and stocksperson who has died aged 26.

Hannah Brown, originally from Newton-le-Willows, passed away last month after an illness.

Hannah grew up on the farm of her parents, Martin and Val Brown, at Beechwood House, Newton-le-Willows.

She attended Crakehall Primary School and then Bedale High School.

Hannah moved to Dufton in Cumbria to live with fiancé Ben Richardson in 2019, and giving birth to their daughter last year.

She was a keen stockwoman and helped on the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) show stand at local and national events.

Tributes from across the agricultural world have been paid to Hannah.

Photo: Wayne Hutchinson/

The Hawes Branch of NEMSA said in a statement: “The sad news of the passing of Hannah Brown has sent shock waves not just through the farming but the whole community this last week.

“Hannah was raised up full of NEMSA.

“Her Mum Val was branch secretary and Dad Martin branch chairman, Hannah from a young age loved the mule sheep showing her parents sheep and grandads, then buying and showing her own with great success.

“All our deepest thoughts go out to all Hannah’s family and friends at this sad time.

“Hannah you were truly one in a million.”

The Northern Beltex Club said it was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Hannah’s passing.

“A life of a young lady taken far to early who frankly could of achieved anything and who has many achievements already under her belt that some could only dream of.

“Her love for sheep and cattle was second to none and her stockmanship skills just some of the best.

“Her smiling face, loud shout and willingness to help anyone will be missed forever. Our thoughts are with Ben, Millie, Martin and Val at this very sad time. Sleep tight and shine bright.

Hannah became ill and was admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, where she died on Tuesday, March 23.

Her funeral takes places today in Dufton.

For a full obituary click here.