The sweet smell of success was tinged with something a little less fragrant at Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers’ Club’s annual dung run on Saturday.

Despite the pongy subject matter, however, members were delighted by the end result of their day selling bags of animal excrement.

Some of the dung, which is an effective fertiliser in gardens, was sold to people stopping at the temporary stall set up on Sithney Common Hill, with the remainder of the 350 being sold through pre-orders.

By 3.30pm all the bags had been delivered and the members’ hard day of work was over.

The money raised through the event will go to the two charities the club is supporting this year: The Farm Crisis Network and Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Last Thursday members had a very interesting visit to Mullion Fire Station. Here they were shown fire fighting and life saving equipment, before a demonstration of how they are used. The firemen then cut open a car to show the members how they would do it in an emergency, as part of their weekly training.

Club spokesperson Frances Hosken said: “It was a really interesting evening and all the members enjoyed themselves.”