Once again the Royal Welsh Show has enjoyed the company of a wide range of high profile visitors from far and wide.
Thursday 23 July, saw the Rt Hon David Cameron MP visit the show for the second year running having promised to do so in a number of public addresses over the past few months. Mr Cameron was greeted by the Honorary Show Director, Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh and other dignitaries before being taken on a guided tour of the showground.
On visiting the show, Prime Minister David Cameron said “I am very pleased to be at the Royal Welsh Show today to see the best in livestock, food and drink Wales has to offer.
“Farming and food production are a fundamental part of our rural economy. As a One Nation government, we will keep backing British farmers to grow and sell more home-grown food by liberating them from red tape and opening up new multi-million pound export markets.”
During his visit, the Prime Minister awarded Mr Tom Evans, the ‘Points of Light’ award which recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community. Mr Evans is a much loved and well respected steward at the Royal Welsh Show who has been commentating on the shearing for over 30 years.
“We are delighted that the Prime Minister enjoyed his visit to the Royal Welsh Show so much in 2014 that he has returned again this year and proof, if it were needed, that many high profile visitors hold the Royal Welsh brand in high regard and see the show as the perfect platform to launch discussion, do business and build relationships.” said Mr Fetherstonhaugh.
Amongst this years guests, the show has also welcomed Mr Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, who officially opened the show on Monday, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of The National Assembly for Wales, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State, Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner for New Zealand to the United Kingdom and Mr Erzhan Kazykhanov, Kazakhstan Ambassador to the UK.
“It is always an honour to welcome guests to what is considered to be the most iconic and prestigious agricultural show in Europe.” added Mr Fetherstonhaugh.