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College on Lincolnshire showground?

We're used to seeing thousands making an annual pilgrimage to the Lincolnshire Showground for the sights and sounds of an industry which is vital to the local economy.

Now, the site could be used to teach students for the first time. Plans for a new multi-million pound agricultural college have been put forward by Bishop Burton College, which wants to build a new campus. Kate Hemingway reports.

Organisers hail Lincolnshire Show as a success

Organisers of the 129th Lincolnshire Show have hailed this year’s two-day event as a great success with an estimated 60,000 people visiting.

It was a brilliant show, everything ran like clockwork, and we had two days of wonderful weather – which is great for everyone involved, and for the thousands of people who attended.

This year’s show was attended by HRH The Countess of Wessex who visited the agricultural areas, our trade areas and met many people involved in the society. It was so wonderful to have her at this year’s show.

– Jayne Southall, director of the Lincolnshire Showground

There were 600 shopping stands, more than 2500 animals, and thousands of people at the main ring.

The main ring had big audiences on both days which is a great indicator of the show’s success. And of course we were helped along by the weather which was fantastic this year.

– Jayne Southall, director of the Lincolnshire Showground

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The Countess of Wessex visits the second day of the Lincolnshire Show

The Countess of Wessex, has been mingling with the crowds at the Lincolnshire Show today, as organisers say attendance figues appear to be as good if not better than usual.

Her Royal Highness arrived by helicopter this morning, and has been shown the livestock at the show as well as the horses. The Countess has also been amongst the crowds as she was escorted around. It's the first Royal visit since Princess Anne came to the show in 2008.

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Royal visitor for Lincolnshire Show

Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Sophie, Countess of Wessex Credit: ITV News

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, will give the Lincolnshire Show the royal seal of approval today.

The Countess will visit the agricultural show, which celebrates its 129th anniversary this year, on the final day of the event which attracts tens of thousands of people.

As well as the royal visit spectators will be treated to a stunning display from the Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows and a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota.

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