Bringing the farmyard to Worcester Cathedral for Royal Three Counties Show launch
TWO Devon cows and two Shropshire sheep gathered to launch the 2018 Royal Three Counties Show in association with JCB Paint at the magnificent Worcester Cathedral this morning.
The prized livestock, former champions at the Royal Three Counties Show, were rounded up to celebrate the county’s premier agricultural event as Worcestershire adopts the role of Host County.
In celebration of the 60th year of the Royal Three Counties Show being held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, the animals were shepherded into the Cathedral, together with a collection of representatives from the county as they paid homage to the show’s Worcestershire heritage.
Diana Walton, Head of Shows at the Three Counties, said: “This year is a special one for us with our ‘diamond’ year celebration. It’s also a truly exciting year for Worcestershire as we showcase the very best the county has to offer.
“Our aim is to make rural life more accessible and to invite people to ‘Meet the Countryside’. We want to celebrate our wonderful farming communities, showing off their beauty and sense of community as well as the wide variety of fantastic livestock and equine breeds. We’re looking forward to championing the best of British farming and rural life.”
With a feast of farming, fine food and family entertainment, more than 90,000 visitors are expected at the highlight of the agricultural calendar next month.
BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, attended the service, along with civic dignitaries and 60 invited guests. He said: “I’m so proud to be the ambassador for this wonderful celebration of rural life. Having these magnificent creatures inside the stunning cathedral is truly a sight to behold. Each year I love to see the passion visitors have for the countryside and the enthusiasm of children meeting beasts of all shapes and sizes with wide eyes of wonder is contagious. I’m sure this 60th year will certainly be the best yet.”
WORCESTERSHIRE HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2018
Favourites from the world’s longest-running radio soap opera will give talks alongside judging a range of competitions and some lucky visitors will even get the opportunity to meet some of Ambridge’s finest. Trevor Harrison, who plays Eddie Grundy, and lives in Worcestershire will be joined by the voice of Lillian Bellamy, Sunny Ormonde, as well as Ruth Archer’s Felicity Finch, Kim Durham who plays Matt Crawford, Charles Collingwood as Brian Alridge and Andrew Wincott who plays Adam Macy.
THE WORCESTERSHIRE WAY ART TRAIL
Discover 10 beautiful iconic Worcestershire prints, originally painted by celebrated local artist David Birtwhistle, on the ‘Worcestershire Way’ around the show. Find him in Severn Hall where the original paintings will be on display, plus there’ll be smaller versions to take home as a memento of a great day out.
WELLINGTON BOOT THEATRE GUESTS
Hosted by BBC Hereford & Worcester presenter, Andrew Easton, the theatre highlights inspiring outdoor activities. There will be Q&As with Andrew and his guests, including BBC Countryfile presenter and Show Ambassador, Adam Henson.
Visitors will also hear from inspirational GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball captain Sophie Carrigill who trained at the University of Worcester.
Worcester Warriors player Chris Pennell, who became the first Type One diabetic to score for England, will share his experiences of his extensive rugby career. And PGA golfer Oliver Farr, who was born in Worcestershire, brings tales of travelling the globe to play on the world’s best courses.
With lively toe tapping tunes, the bandstand welcomes a host of Worcestershire musicians. Dancers will also be on hand to entertain the crowds.
Discover the secret scientific inventions that originated in Malvern with the town’s Radar & Technology History Society. They’ll show-off the origins of world changing inventions and share colourful stories of the town’s science heritage. Visitors can take in exhibitions, listen to talks and be wowed by demonstrations.
WORCESTERSHIRE THROUGH THE AGES
Following on from the success of last year’s Medieval Camp, Medieval actors will return to celebrate the history of Worcestershire and the surrounding area. There is even more history to explore this year and lots of hands on activities too. Looking back at the past The Firs, birth place of Sir Edward Elgar, will be showcasing an original piano owned by Elgar.
WORCESTERSHIRE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
This year Worcestershire WI celebrates 100 years and has been awarded the honour of hosting the coveted Huxley Cup Competition. The annual flower arranging competition is open to WI groups nationally and an exceptionally high standard of entries is anticipated.
Visitors can meet spectacular former Grand National winner Pineau De Re, trained in Worcestershire.
Author and antiques expert Philip Serrell will share his 25 years of experience as owner of Auctioneers and Valuers in Worcestershire. A regular on BBC1 and BBC2 antique programmes, he’ll be taking to the Wellington Boot and Cookery Theatre to share anecdotes and offer advice.
In addition to the Worcestershire attractions, the action-packed Main Arena entertainment will feature the highly entertaining Shetland Pony Grand National, jaw-dropping Red Devil parachute displays, sheepdog action from international sheep dog handler Dick Roper, a parade of farm machinery through the ages, and the always impressive Grand Parade, featuring each day’s livestock champions.
The Royal Three Counties Show will take place from Friday 15 June until Sunday 17 June. Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets are from £19 for adults and £5 for children, family tickets are also available.
For information on ticket prices and further information on the show, please visit www.royalthreecounties.co.uk or call 0844 811 0050
Main Photo: from left, Clive Davies, Lindsay Craddock, Ken Nottage, the Bishop of Dudley, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft, Ruth Goodman, Clive Roads, Adam Henson, John Harper, Anna Dorrell and Helen Smalley.