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MP visits Royal Norfolk Show as long-serving workers are honoured




Long standing farm workers who have dedicated decades to Norfolk agriculture were given an official thank you and a massive round of applause on the second day of the Royal Norfolk Show.

Among those receiving long service awards were five from West Norfolk who, between them, have contributed an impressive 215 years to the industry.

Presentation for Long Service Awarded to Local Farm Workers. Pictured FLtoR Michael Rayner.Malcolm Whittred.Roy Blockwell.Paul Hobbs. Steven Howell.. (2788469)
Presentation for Long Service Awarded to Local Farm Workers. Pictured FLtoR Michael Rayner.Malcolm Whittred.Roy Blockwell.Paul Hobbs. Steven Howell.. (2788469)

They were Malcolm Whittred who has worked for G W Harrold and Partners, mostly on their Stanhoe farms, for 50 years; Roy Blackwell, a general farm workers for Heygate Farms, Swaffham, for 44 years; Michael Rayner, 41 years as an agricultural operative with E W Porter, of Feltwell; Steven Howell, 40 years with Keith Farms Partnership, Fakenham; and Paul Hobbs, also 40 years at Harrowden Turn Ltd, Hockwold.

The certificate presentations were made by the show president and watched by employers and proud families and friends on another day bathed in glorious sunshine.

The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured Laura Tilney with her Horse Trix. (2788473)
The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured Laura Tilney with her Horse Trix. (2788473)
The Royal Norfolk Show PicturedKellie Moden with her horseTrip.. (2788477)
The Royal Norfolk Show PicturedKellie Moden with her horseTrip.. (2788477)

Also out and about on the showground was South-West Norfolk MP Liz Truss who was catching up on local businesses exhibiting in the food hall.

She stopped for a chat with representatives from Heygates Farm, Swaffham, who were promoting their pre-packed potatoes; and the Brown family, from Beachamwell, who were promoting their Nelson's Gin products, a company launched just over a year ago.

MP Elizabeth Truss at The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured with local Business Producing Nelson's Gold Vodka. Boadicea English Gin. FLtoR Katya Brown. Stephanie Brown. Elizabeth Truss (MP) Matt Brown.. (2788460)
MP Elizabeth Truss at The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured with local Business Producing Nelson's Gold Vodka. Boadicea English Gin. FLtoR Katya Brown. Stephanie Brown. Elizabeth Truss (MP) Matt Brown.. (2788460)
MP Elizabeth Truss at The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured with local Business Heygate Farms. FLtoR Jess Green. William Gibbon. Elizabeth Truss (MP), and Leah Richardson. (2788458)
MP Elizabeth Truss at The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured with local Business Heygate Farms. FLtoR Jess Green. William Gibbon. Elizabeth Truss (MP), and Leah Richardson. (2788458)

The Station Commander at RAF Marham, Group Captain Ian Townsend was another high profile visitor whose arrival coincided with a pair of the new F35 jets seen – and certainly heard - high in the skies over the showground.

The second day of the show saw more success stories for West Norfolk exhibitors. Among them was Delamore Farms, of Terrington St Clement, who dominated the British White cattle classes.

And in a more tranquil corner of the showground, the horticultural area, Houghton's Hall's head gardener, Ollie Wilkins, talked and answered questions about herb growing and how he and his team are transforming the herb garden at the stately home.

The Royal Norfolk Show PicturedHead Gardner of Houghton Hall Norfolk. Ollie Wilkins.. (2788481)
The Royal Norfolk Show PicturedHead Gardner of Houghton Hall Norfolk. Ollie Wilkins.. (2788481)

Show attendance figures are expected to have topped the 80,000 mark over the two days.

The Royal Norfolk Show.. (2788440)
The Royal Norfolk Show.. (2788440)
The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured Prize Winner on the Lerft Clive Delamore. with (Bulby-Jasmin) Keith Harding with (Leverigton-Evita). (2788478)
The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured Prize Winner on the Lerft Clive Delamore. with (Bulby-Jasmin) Keith Harding with (Leverigton-Evita). (2788478)
The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured at the event with his wife Group Captain of R.A.F. Marham Ian Townsend. (2788470)
The Royal Norfolk Show Pictured at the event with his wife Group Captain of R.A.F. Marham Ian Townsend. (2788470)


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