The National Farmers Union is giving eight young farmers and a Back British farming supporter the opportunity to land starring roles representing British farming in one of the most popular historic civic pageants in the world.

The NFU is looking for a group of young farming champions from across the UK to join the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

They will join in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show to help take the Back British Farming message into the heart of the City of London.

In addition one passionate supporter of the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign is being sought to join in and help spread the word.

The 802nd parade takes place on Saturday, November 11, and includes most of the 110 livery companies along with more than 7,500 participants, 200 horses, 20 marching bands, dancers, performers, armed forces and Modern Livery Companies.

Guy Smith, NFU Vice President, said: “Having the young farmers with us at the Lord Mayor’s show provides the perfect platform to engage with the watching crowds and inform them about the crucial role of farming and its vital place in the wider food industry.

"We are hoping this competition will help to showcase another group of young farmers who’re all passionate about what they do.”

Richard Bower, chairman of the NFU’s next generation policy forum, was part of the NFU group of young farmers in the Lord Mayor’s Show two years ago.

He said: “Being asked to represent British farming at the Lord Mayor's show in 2015 is something I will never forget.

“Showcasing our fantastic industry in the capital city is so important and the support my fellow young farmers and I received from the public on the day was amazing.

"If you get the chance to do this then grab it with both hands.

"There are some fantastic young farmers out there doing great things, so please get nominating.”

The NFU is asking for nominations for young farmers, aged 18 to 30, who have made an outstanding contribution to the farming sector, someone who is helping to make a difference or who has a great story to tell.

Nominations are also open to members of the public over the age of 18 who are passionate about Backing British Farming.