Success in bid to find new venue

Attempts by the organisers of the Royal Smithfield Show to find an alternative venue to run the show in December have met with success.

It has announced a new partnership with the Royal Bath & West of England Society, under which a new event will be jointly organised and run by the two Societies. This will be run at the Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet on Friday and Saturday December 1 and 2 this year.

Dr Jane Guise, Chief Executive at the Royal Bath & West of England Society, was delighted at the decision of the Royal Smithfield Club to accept the offer of The Bath & West to host the new Smithfield Event at Shepton Mallet. "This is a wonderful opportunity to host an internationally recognised event and very good news for the West Country rural economy. We feel honoured that our Showground should have been chosen as the venue for the Royal Smithfield Club's plans to continue their support for the livestock industry in these pivotal times."

For The Royal Smithfield Club, Chairman John Coultrip, said: "This is a marvellous opportunity for the Club to preserve the long tradition of presenting the very best of British primestock in competitions that represent the pinnacle of the Winter Show season. The offer to join the Bath & West in a partnership to create a new Show was one that our Trustees were unanimous in accepting."

He said the new event would not try to replicate the Royal Smithfield Show in London's Earls Court. "The machinery people prefer to focus on two day events such as Grasslands where farmers can see live demonstrations." The plans are for the two day event to focus on all aspects of the livestock industry centered around Smithfield livestock competitions, whilst at the same time highlighting the important role the meat industry plays in the food chain.

Ms Guise explained: "In the run up to Christmas we hope not only to perpetuate The Royal Smithfield competitions which offer the agricultural industry the opportunity to promote their wares, but also to highlight the quality of produce available from British farms."