Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Crowds flock to ‘busiest show for years’, attended by farming minister George Eustice
THOUSANDS flocked to Umberleigh today (Wednesday) for the 2014 North Devon Show.
The visitors were treated to a wide arrange of entertainment, including the traditional livestock shows, horse riders, horticulture show and even an extreme sports display from the Bolddog motorcycle display team.
Despite things being slightly boggy underfoot after heavy rainfall on Tuesday night, thousands continued to make their way to the show throughout the day, with the foodhall and crafts tents constantly buzzing with activity.
A number of politicians were also at the event, including Conservative farming minister George Eustice.
“This is a great, fantastic show and that’s remained true to its farming roots.
“Here, you have a big beef industry and the low price of beef is having an impact on a lot of farmers. We’ve held a summit on beef and are working to bring in a code of practice to improve transparency.”
Mr Eustice was also at the show to support Conservative parliamentary candidate Peter Heaton-Jones, who will take on Nick Harvey at next year’s General Election.
“I think he’s going to be a real champion for the area – he’s certainly contacted me many times on rural issues,” said Mr Eustice.
Other political figures at the show included Lib Dem North Devon MP Nick Harvey, North Devon Council leader Cllr Brain Greenslade, UKIP chairman and PPC Steve Crowther and UKIP MEPs Dr Julia Reid and Ray Finch.
A number of businesses were represented at the show, with Exmoor Zoo education officer Steve Eddy describing this year’s as ‘the busiest show we’ve had for years’.