A busy first day set the tone for what is predicted to be a bumper Royal Welsh Show.
With the first ever visit from a serving Prime Minister, the day began with welcoming dignitaries and VIPs to the showground from across the country. Alongside Carwyn Jones, First Minister, David Cameron was joined by Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of Sate, Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Wales, Edwina Hart, John Griffiths, Rebecca Evans and many other political figures.
It is with thanks that the shows Honorary Director, Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh, said; “We greatly appreciate the Prime Minister taking the time to visit the Royal Welsh Show, especially in light of the situations internationally and his busy schedule of commitments.
“It has been an honor to welcome such a large gathering of political leaders who are eager to use the show as a place to meet and announce initiatives. Monday firmly cemented the Royal Welsh show as one of the most important agricultural events in Europe.”
With the official opening of the show, the crowds always flock to the first day of the four-day show and this year they didn’t disappoint. With entries on the gate higher than last year and over 1,000 membership packages sold in the first 24hrs of the show it appears that the visitors have once again turned-out in force and showed they want to be part of the iconic institution that is the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
Over 3,000 of the show-goers made use of the new free WiFi hotspots around the showground, made possible by the installation of superfast broadband, with many more utilizing the Royal Welsh Show app to keep them up-to-date with what’s going on at the show.
All visitors were able to travel to the showground without any major disruptions as the months of careful traffic management plans fell into place. Today more cars were parked than ever before, over 11,400 and people were ferried back and forth from the free park and ride car parks with 65 shuttle busses.
Along with the excellent quality of livestock on show, the record entries and the beautiful weather, the first day of the show certainly got the Royal Welsh Show off to a fantastic start.