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Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show

It's day two of the Royal Bath and West Show and with the sun still shining tens of thousands of people have spent the day at the site near Shepton Mallet.

Amongst them was the Environment Secretary Liz Truss who met with farmers to discuss the Government's pledges to help rural communities.

Victoria Davies reports

Royal Bath and West Show: what's in store for Day Two

500 traders are exhibiting at this year's Royal Bath and West Show. Credit: ITV News

Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show will see Environment Secretary Liz Truss talking to farmers about the government's promises to champion their industry.

They include getting a fair deal from supermarkets and a strategy to eradicate bovine TB within 25 years. We'll be speaking to her about what the South West's farmers and food producers can expect from the next five years.

Local produce is at the heart of the show. Credit: ITV News

There's also 500 traders exhibiting local produce, along with livestock competitions and food marquees - and thousands of visitors celebrating food, farming and country life.

Tune in to ITV News West Country at 6pm for the latest from Shepton Mallet, and catch up with all the highlights from day one here.


Royal Bath and West Show opens today

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Show in a past year. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gates for the 153rd Bath and West show have opened, with thousands expected at the Shepton Mallet showground over the next four days.

More than 4,000 livestock are at what organisers call "England's biggest celebration of rural life", along with 500 traders. However there won't be a high profile political visitor today, as the event coincides with the Queen's Speech for the new Government.

Looking for Victoria and Albert

Queen Victoria Credit: PA Archive

The Royal Bath & West Show is planning to mark its 150th anniversary this May by celebrating its Victorian heritage.

Organisers are appealing for couples named Victoria and Albert to come forward. They will then be special guests of the show. The couples would ideally be married, with certificates to prove their names.

To find out more about the show, click here.

Glastonbury comes to the Royal Bath and West

Michael Eavis' family have been farming near the showground for almost as long as the show has been running Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Organisers of the Royal Bath and West Show have unveiled new events for this year's event - their 150th anniversary.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is going to be putting on a 20 minute show in the main arena to help them celebrate.

He has got involved because his family have been farming nearby for 148 years - just two years less than the show itself.

He is keeping the details a secret but says it will be a typically wacky, Glastonbury-style spectacle.

The 20 minute show will have a Glastonbury flavour Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The show is taking place at the Royal Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet from 29 May - 1 June


Another good year for the Royal Bath and West Show

Organisers of the Royal Bath and West Show say its been a great success. There were fears that attendance would suffer as it wasn't held in half term but they say numbers on Saturday made up for it.

There were fears that numbers would be down this year Credit: ITV West

Groups of schoolchildren were allowed in free and many of them got their first experience of farming life.

One of the many school groups that took advantage of the free entry this year Credit: ITV West

Bath and West Show gets underway

The Bath and West showground Credit: Bath and West Show

Thousands of people are heading to the Bath and West show today. It’s one of the biggest agricultural events in the country and the only four-day show left in Britain.

The showground covers 240 acres, including car parks, and there are seven hundred trade stands. It's been held at Shepton Mallet since 1965.

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