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Downton Abbey creator "honoured" to be President of this year's Royal Bath and West Show

Julian Fellowes is joint President of 2015 Royal Bath & West Show Credit: ITV News

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes says it's an honour to have been asked to be President of this year's Royal Bath and West Show.

He and his wife Emma, who will share the role jointly, were at the launch at the showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

The event is England's biggest celebration of rural life, and is in its 50th year.


DEFRA minister at Royal Bath and West

DEFRA Minister Dan Rogerson is attending the CLA Business Breakfast at the Royal Bath and West Show where he's fielding questions about the badger cull and flooding.

Our reporter Laura Makin-Isherwood is in the audience. You can follow her tweets here.

Duchess of Cornwall among guests at Bath & West Show

The Duchess of Cornwall on a past visit ot the Bath & West Show Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of people are expected for the opening day of the 151st Royal Bath and West Show near Shepton Mallet. Among the visitors will be the Duchess of Cornwall, who will tour the livestock rings and the food hall.

Camilla is a strong supporter of local sourcing and ways to help children learn about where food comes from. The show attracts around 150,000 people over the four days


The Royal Bath & West Show over the years

The Royal Bath and West Show celebrates its 150th Show today. It's unique in the South West as it was the only big show to move about before settling in one place in the mid sixties. Its gatherings were held from South Wales to Plymouth.

The first show was back in 1852 but as our Somerset correspondent David Woodland reports, its remit has always been the same - to bring farmers together and to show 'townies' what goes on down on the farm!

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