Suffolk Show enjoys blistering start
THE Duke of Gloucester enjoyed a warm welcome as the Suffolk Show had a blistering first day.
Both organisers and visitors could not have been happier with the sunny weather which graced day one of the show, canada goose factory outlet and the searing temperatures are set to continue today.
Crowd figures will only be released later, but it is expected visitor numbers are on course to meet the organisers‘ expectations official canada goose outlet of 80,000 people over the two days.
The Duke of Gloucester’s visit was among the highlights yesterday, and he had a packed schedule to fit in at the Suffolk Showground.
Having canada goose coats arrived by train at Ipswich station, canada goose outlet store where he was met by the Chief Constable of Suffolk, Alastair McWhirter, His Royal Highness was escorted to the showground by car.
Shielded from the sun in a straw panama hat, he greeted the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Canada Goose sale Tollemache, canada goose outlet along with cheap canada goose Lady Tollemache and the High Sheriff, John Thurlow and his wife Helen, as well as other dignitaries.
Mr Thurlow said: „He’s got a very busy programme and a long day ahead of him. He seemed very pleased to be here.“
John Wall, honorary show director, added: „It’s always a pleasure to welcome a Royal visitor, especially one who has a genuine interest in agriculture and conservation.“
From the President’s Enclosure, the Duke was taken on a walking tour of the show, stopping canada goose outlet nyc first at the Suffolk Horse Working buy canada goose jacket cheap Demonstration, Canada Goose Parka where he met Suffolk punches Thomas, seven, and Punch, 11.
Owner, farmer Nigel Oakley, of Rede Hall Farm, Bury St Edmunds, who was canada goose outlet reviews overseeing the demonstration area for the Suffolk Horse Society, said: „He asked if the horses enjoyed the work and if they got tired.
„I told him it canada goose outlet store uk is good to keep them fit and give them a dignity by working. It is a wonderful opportunity to show the public the versatility of the horses.“
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Jon said: „I showed him a 1910 coffee grinder canada goose outlet toronto factory and roaster and he smelt the coffee. He wanted to know if we could run any Canada Goose Outlet attachments from it. He seemed very friendly.“
From there, the Duke was introduced to Colin Wright, agricultural general manager for Birds Eye, at the Growing canada goose outlet for a Healthier Nation display.
Mr Wright, who showed the Duke some fresh peas, said: „The Duke was interested to know that there is always much more to these products than meets the eye.“
Elizabeth Mansfield, representing Women’s Food canada goose and Farming Union, enticed the Duke with a basket of strawberries.
She said: „He wanted to know what the advantages were to growing them off the ground in a tunnel. He certainly liked the strawberries.“
Next the Duke presented certificates at the Suffolk Schools Healthy Eating Competition, organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Associaion, Muntons Malt and Suffolk County Council.
First to meet His Royal Highness was nine year old Nathan Ryder, from Stanton Primary School, which clinched first prize in the Key Stage 2 category for his healthy „Hazelnut Heaven“ biscuits.
Nathan said: „I was a little bit nervous but it was OK. He was nice.“
Northgate High School pupil Katherine Milkovics, 14, told the Duke about her class‘ prize winning healthy eating canada goose uk outlet website.
She said: „He asked how many hits we’d had and who had designed it.“
Twins Joe and Scott Leer, 14, of Warren Special School, Oulton Broad, showed the Duke their winning fruit bags.
Joe said: „I wanted to ask him if he knew Ozzy Osbourne but I daren’t.“
As Grand Prior of the Order of St John Ambulance the Duke was then introduced to Graham Page, deputy county commissioner for the organisation.
Mr Page said: „He was interested in the operational side and the vehicles. He asked if we’d had much trouble with heat stroke canada goose outlet parka but we’re quite quiet canada goose outlet black friday for the moment.“
Jill and Fiona Kerr of Easton Farm Park, at the children’s farmyard, also spoke to the Duke.
Fiona said: „We introduced him to Dick Hunter who looks after the animals and Tom Walne, who was with a Suffolk mare and foal. He was very chatty and interested in all the animals.“
The Duke also took in the wildlife and conservation area and the East Anglian Reserve Forces and Cadets Association before enjoying lunch in the President’s Enclosure canada goose outlet uk.