The Duchess of Kent will be the guest of honour at this year’s Ryedale Show.
Preparations are well underway for the 150th Ryedale Show being held at Welburn Park near Kirkbymoorside on Tuesday July 26 and the show council is delighted to have secured a Royal Visit.
Although Her Royal Highness officially retired from carrying out Royal Visits some time ago in order to spend more time concentrating on her love of teaching music to children, she is very keen to attend The Ryedale Show.
Christine Thompson, the show’s general secretary, said: “As most local people are aware, the Duchess of Kent was born and brought up at nearby Hovingham Hall, and we feel very honoured that she is able to join us.
“She is very excited at the prospect of visiting the Show which will evoke many childhood memories.”
Her Royal Highness will be accompanied on the day by her nephew Sir William Worsley, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.
This year’s Show Presidents are Chris and Sheila Leckenby of Oxclose Farm, Pockley and they are looking forward to hosting the visit.
“Sheila and I will be delighted to welcome HRH the Duchess of Kent to this year’s Show and am sure that the visit will prove to be yet another momentous occasion within the colourful history of both the Show and the Ryedale and Pickering Lythe Agricultural Society,” said Chris.
He added: “Alongside the usual competitions and events, all visitors will get a glimpse of how the show has progressed since its inception in 1855 by several means, including our Special Main Ring Parade of farming through the ages, a Memorabilia Marquee and a Commemorative Brochure.”