Prince enjoys three-hour tour of largest event in Cumbrian agricultural calendar

Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Prince Charles chats to Jonathan Bellas, of Croft Ends Farm, Appleby, with show society chief executive Christine Knipe, of Tebay, looking on.
Prince Charles chats to Jonathan Bellas, of Croft Ends Farm, Appleby, with show society chief executive Christine Knipe, of Tebay, looking on.

THE Prince of Wales chose the perfect day to arrive by helicopter for a special visit to the Westmorland county show.

THE Prince of Wales chose the perfect day to arrive by helicopter for a special visit to the Westmorland county show.

He received a warm welcome from Christine Knipe, of Tebay, chief executive of the show society, who accompanied him on an extensive three-hour tour of the largest event in the Cumbrian agricultural calendar.

The Prince was introduced to the show’s president, John Geldard, and Lawrence Conway, South Lakeland District Council chief executive.

He also met Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron and some of the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to make the show such a success.

He also took his time to meet a number of local food producers in the food hall, which was packed with visitors hoping to get a glimpse of the royal guest.

He asked Stuart Higginson, of Higginson’s Butchers, how long they had been in business, while tasting a sample of the company’s special recipe Cumberland sausage.

“He was very interested in finding out that we have had our butchers shop in Grange-over-Sands for 34 years,” said Mr. Higginson. “He was also interested in our livestock and he went away with some of the sausage.”

Stopping at Mrs. Kirkham’s cheese stall, the Prince tasted some of the different aged cheese. “It is obvious that he knows a lot about farming and production and I had a proper farmer’s conversation with him,” said Graham Kirkham, of the Preston-based cheese makers.

“We are the only last surviving cheese maker in the area using unpasteurised raw milk to make our cheese which is all made the same way and the difference comes in how long the cheese is aged to alter its flavour.”

The Prince stopped to talk to people representing various farming and wildlife charities and he ended the day watching the traditional sport of Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.