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