Young farm­ers to meet duke at County Show

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Young farm­ers will rub shoul­ders with roy­alty at the Kent County Show this sum­mer.

The Duke of Kent, who be­came pa­tron of show or­gan­is­ers the Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (KCAS) in 1975, will visit on the first day of the show, at the Kent Show­ground in Detling, on Fri­day July 8.

He will be greeted by Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent Vis­count De L’Isle and will meet of­fi­cials and tour the live­stock and farm­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Ja­cob Sheep So­ci­ety and the young farm­ers.

He will also visit or­gan­i­sa­tions tak­ing part in the three-day event, in­clud­ing the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land, the Dogs Trust and Guide Dogs, and will tour the Wood­land Area to meet scouts as he is also pres­i­dent of the Scout As­so­ci­a­tion.

He will at­tend of a drinks re­cep­tion with the KCAS to watch the Kent Spit­fire dis­play on the mem­bers’ lawn.

Chair­man Kevin Attwood said: “His en­thu­si­asm and in­ter­est in the county show is heart­felt and it is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for him to see the ex­cel­lent work that goes on in Kent. His knowl­edge about the ru­ral and farm­ing com­mu­nity makes his vis­its very spe­cial for the peo­ple he meets.”

The duke will also be guest of hon­our at the pres­i­dent’s lunch, spon­sored by Brachers LLP and Sav­ills.

The last time he vis­ited was in 2014 when he of­fi­cially opened the Maid­stone Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall and helped mark the so­ci­ety’s 50th an­niver­sary.

The European com­mis­sioner for agri­cul­ture and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, Phil Ho­gan, will be at the show on the same day and his vis­its will also in­clude a tour of the young farm­ers’ area.

The show runs from Fri­day July 8 to Sun­day July 10.

Tick­ets for fam­i­lies are £43.20 in ad­vance or £48 on the gate. Adult tick­ets are £19.80 or £22. Child tick­ets are £5.40 or £6. Mul­ti­day tick­ets cost £50 and are only avail­able in ad­vance. Chil­dren un­der five go free and park­ing is free. See kentshow­ground.co.uk

Pic­tures: KMG/Gary Browne FM3289841

The Duke and Duchess of Kent at the County Show in 1981, and on his last visit to the show in 2014

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