After 170 years, the Royal Agricultural Society of England's annual show closes its gates for the last time.
I remember as a pupil of Higham Lane school going to the Royal Show every year. This was a regular day out in the school year and one which I used to look forward to.
I cannot profess to a great deal of knowledge in the agricultural field (no pun intended) but if the reports I read are correct then I am glad that I have missed the last show this year.
The men in suits and soft shoes definitely did not run it when I used to go. This was a British affair from the ground up. Manufacturers from all over the world were in attendance, as a trading nation you would expect this, but the culture was British and proud.
There was always a large array of things on sale that I never thought anyone would buy though someone must have done and throughout the site, and it is huge, there would be folk from all walks of life chatting away. Items of interest for landowners from estates to smallholders were covered.
Here are some articles about the demise of this agricultural institution: -