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Royal visitor on the way to Driffield Show

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Edinburgh, will be the guest of honour at this year’s Driffield Show as she attends the event in her role as president of Driffield Agricultural Society (DAS).

The Duchess was elected as president to DAS at its annual general meeting in February.

Agriculture is one of the key strands of the Duchess’ charity work and she is currently patron of the ASAO (Agricultural Show and Agricultural Organisations).

Driffield Agricultural Society is a member of the organisation, and its chief executive David Tite is its former chairman.

Mr Tite said it was an honour to welcome the Duchess to the Driffield Show.

He said: “Everyone involved with the Society and the Driffield Show are delighted and extremely honoured that the Duchess will be joining us for the 147th Driffield Show.

“The Duchess is a great supporter of the agricultural show industry, and we are very much looking forward to Her Royal Highness being with us on the day.”

When Duchess Sophie was elected as president of Driffield Agricultural Society she said she was pleased to have the opportunity to take up the role during such a significant year for agricultural shows as the ASAO celebrates its centenary.

She said: “Driffield is a great example of the important role that shows can play in our communities – from your education programme to your vital work supporting your local foodbank during the pandemic.”

During her time at the Driffield Show, the Duchess will be shown the wealth of agricultural and educational content being showcased this year.

The Duchess married Prince Edward in 1999 and the couple have two children, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn.

In 2002, her Royal Highness closed her business interests and began full-time work as a member of the Royal Family.

She is the patron of more than 70 charities and organisations, including Childline and the London College of Fashion, and undertakes around 200 engagements each year, including visits to schools, universities and military bases.

Her charity work primarily revolves around people with disabilities, women’s rights, avoidable blindness and agriculture.

This year the Driffield Agricultural Society will be celebrating its 147th Driffield Show which will take place on Wednesday, 19th July.

JC Balls Dancing Diggers will be the main ring attraction at the show. This hugely popular spectacle will demonstrate the flexibility and talent of the JCB operators as they follow a routine to music, containing several daring manoeuvres including balancing the machines on their sides and wheelies.

The Show continues to be popular with livestock exhibitors and attracts some of the area’s finest animals.
As well as a highly regarded cattle section, the livestock area will also boast excellent examples of sheep and pigs.

There will be a return of the crowd favourite heavy horse classes allowing the public an opportunity to view these gentle giants by providing demonstrations showing them being decorated and groomed.

The equine community will also be well represented throughout the Show with a packed main ring timetable ranging from the local ridden ponies to the show jumping classes.

The Show continues to have ‘something for everyone’ and there will be plenty of opportunity for retail therapy, with over 350 trade stands to choose from, ranging from lifestyle and fashion to rural crafts and local produce.

New for 2023 is the return of the Food Theatre with its crammed timetable featuring local chefs and local producers.

The Horticulture marquee will also be providing visitors with a colourful contribution courtesy of green fingered exhibitors and will also be the home of the Gardeners’ Theatre where visitors will be able to take a seat and watch the horticulture demonstrations that will be taking place throughout the day.

For further information and to buy Driffield Show advance discounted tickets visit www.driffieldshowground.co.uk

Tickets are priced £16 for adults and accompanied children under 16 are free.

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