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Jeremy Clarkson Thanks Kaleb Cooper As They Scoop Farming Award

Jeremy Clarkson Thanks Kaleb Cooper As They Scoop Farming Award

Clarkson and Cooper scooped the Flying the Flag for British Agriculture prize at the 2021 British Farming Awards.

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

Farm owner Jeremy Clarkson praised worker Kaleb Cooper as he picked up an accolade at the British Farming Awards, saying he couldn't have done it without him.

Clarkson, 61, bought Diddly Squat Farm back in 2008, and recently decided to try his hand at farming after the man running it retired.

He's documented his journey in Amazon Prime series Clarkson's Farm, having received a helping hand from locals including Cooper, 22, and Gerald Cooper, 72.

At the awards ceremony, which took place on 21 October and was hosted by presenter Vernon Kay, Clarkson and Cooper scooped the Flying the Flag for British Agriculture prize.

Accepting the award, Clarkson turned to Cooper and said: "Kaleb, I couldn't have done this without you, you are the star of the show, apart from Gerald.

"But what was great, and I'm sure everyone in the room would say the same thing, every farm has a Gerald, every farm has a Charlie, every farm has a Kevin, every farm has an Ellen, every farm has a landowner and every farm has a Kaleb."

Cooper later shared a snap from the night on Instagram, writing: "Would like to take the time to thank each and everyone who has supported and helped me.

"Thank you to @jeremyclarkson1 and the team at Diddly Squat Farm! Behind every farm there's an amazing team. Thank you all again! Happy farming."

Instagram/Kaleb Cooper

Clarkson also took the opportunity to hit out at the government and their handling of the agriculture industry during his acceptance speech, which saw him say: "I just hope and pray we're all still here in 10 years time once this f*****g government has c****d up absolutely everything."

After being met with applause and laughter, the former Top Gear star then said: "And we're doing a second series, and we're not going to take their nonsense lying down. And I can assure you that."

Clarkson's Farm was recently renewed for it's second series, following the undeniable success of the first instalment - which saw the divisive broadcaster trade in expensive cars for sheep as he attempted to farm the 1,000 acres of land he owns in the Cotswolds.

Offering up a flavour of what we can expect from the next series, Amazon Prime Video said: "Viewers can expect a deeper insight into another year on Diddly Squat Farm as Jeremy aims to diversify, expanding his limited agricultural knowledge under the watchful eye of his no-nonsense team; tractor driver Kaleb, stone wall favourite Gerald, advisor 'Cheerful' Charlie, Jeremy's better-half-turned-farm-shop-keeper Lisa and many more.

"Series 2 promises to bring more laughs, triumphs and tribulations, and of course more farming faux pas, as we follow Jeremy & co on their agricultural adventure."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Clarkson's Farm, Entertainment, Celebrity, Jeremy Clarkson