Couple win taste of the good life

Jayne McGreggor and Raymond Brabbon.
Jayne McGreggor and Raymond Brabbon.
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JAYNE McGreggor and partner Raymond Brabbon have swapped suburban Tunstall for their very own slice of the good life.

The couple have won a 25-acre farm in Suffolk after scooping first prize in TV reality show A Farmer’s Life for Me.

The series saw nine couples battle it out to live and work on the farmland, with financial backing to keep them going for a year.

“We are absolutely blown away,” Jayne, 45, said. “It’s changed our lives and we can’t believe it. It shows that you can change your life.

“We used to think it’s always someone else but you can do it.”

Although just screened, the show was filmed from August to October last year so Jayne, Raymond, 43, and their son Jack have had time to get used to their new environment away from Wearside and on their Suffolk farm.

Former district nurse Jayne said: “We’ve had about five months to settle in as a family. Jack has started his new school and we have been developing the land. It’s fantastic.

“The hardest part of the show was leaving our family behind and it was very tiring.

“We had to sex turkeys at one point which was not the nicest.

“The business side was difficult but I think the reason we won was because we wanted to learn. We took everything that was said on board and wanted all the help and support we could get. But you can’t learn to have passion, which is what we have.”

Jayne and Raymond first got a taste for growing their own through tending their Tunstall Hill allotment.

Jayne said: “I think people are going back to the way things used to be and they want to know where their food comes from.”

The couple took a chance on A Farmer’s Life when their day jobs became too much and they haven’t looked back.

Jayne said: “The pressure of work was so much and we never saw each other. Life is too short, it’s a big gamble and a massive risk.”

Their mentor and show judge Jimmy Doherty has been lending a helping hand even after the camera stopped rolling.

Jayne said: “Jimmy said that our biggest strength was each other. He is guiding us along trying to stop us making the same mistakes he did.”

Now the couple are knuckling down as they prepare to launch their website and brands.

“We’ve got our website, journeysmans.com coming up. We make a lovely sauce that we will be selling and we’re going to be doing the farmers’ markets so we will be very busy.”