October 26 2014 Latest news:
Michael Pollitt, Agricultural editor
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
A grandson of the first royal president to visit the Norfolk Showground will be returning for the third time this summer.
RNAA presidents Attendance
2013 Jake Humphrey 83,688
2012 David Lawrence 82,730
2011 Richard Jewson 104,824
2010 Sir Jeremy Bagge 93,522
2009 Henry Cator 97,275
2008 Lord Dannatt 100,542
2007 Sir Nicholas Bacon 92,491
2006 Anthony Duckworth-Chad 105,629
2005 Rt Rev Graham James 90,018
2004 The Prince of Wales 100,021
2003 David Richardson 102,022
The Earl of Wessex will be following in the footsteps of his grandmother, the Queen Mother, who was president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in 1954, when the show was held on the newly-acquired permanent showground.
Prince Edward, who has been proposed as this year’s RNAA president, last visited the show in 2006 when there was a record attendance of 105,629.
In his five-hour tour of the showground, which was bathed in sunshine, he was also marking the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Four years earlier, as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the Earl and Countess of Wessex were guests of the RNAA.
Following the end of broadcaster Jake Humphrey’s year as president at the next month’s annual meeting, members will also be asked to appoint Robert Carter, chairman of the RG Carter Group, as this year’s deputy president and president-elect for 2015.
In the annual report to the end of December, the association made a surplus of £140,867 on turnover of £2.16m.
This was largely achieved because of significant savings of almost £82,000 on staff costs and reducing expenditure on grand ring displays by almost £30,000.
The support of more than 650 trade stands, which resulted in the showground being fully booked also included probably the biggest area of agricultural displays. Trade stand income was up by £13,000 to £457,000.
The attendance at the two-day show was 83,688 – up from 82,730 the previous year – and generated additional gate receipts of £58,000 to more than £610,000.
The RNAA’s commercial arm, Norfolk Showground, achieved a £7,000 increase of income to more than £403,000.
The Royal Norfolk Show will take place on Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26