Countdown begins to the 150th Royal Bath & West Show
PUBLISHED: 13:03 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 February 2013
The 150th Royal Bath and West Show takes place this summer – just 36 miles from where it was first held in 1852.
Countdown to landmark show
The 150th Royal Bath and West Show takes place this summer just 36 miles from where it was first held in 1852.
The historic show is one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in England and is the only one to take place over four days. Taking place from May 29 to June 1 at the Showground in Shepton Mallet, it will feature livestock, agricultural machinery, trade-stands, locally produced food and drink as well as activities for all the family.
Founded by the Royal Bath and West of England Society, its first show took place in Taunton in 1852 and then toured the country for more than 100 years before a permanent home was found at Shepton Mallet in 1965.
The society, which was founded in Bath in 1777, held its annual meeting to coincide with the show and only world wars and an outbreak of foot and mouth have stopped it going ahead.
Alan Lyons, show manager, said: In 1896 when the show was held in St Albans, a commentator wrote about the society and its members in the programme and this unknown persons words really sum up what the show and the society is about. It said: We cannot print the long catalogue of its achievements: are they not written in every one of Englands broad acres?
Whenever a farmer throughout the English speaking world today reaches the haven of success, some measure of that success, be it small or great, can be directly traced to the incomparable work of the Bath and West of England Society during the 119 years it has existed for the benefit of mankind.
Today 236 years since the society was founded and with our 150th show we will be looking back but also looking to the future as we will continue to showcase the latest in technology and the best of the livestock bred in the UK.
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