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A first for new Chief Constable

This will be my first experience of the Royal Bath and West show.

Events like this are a fantastic opportunity to meet people in a fun and relaxed environment, helping them to see what we do every day to keep them safe, even if they don't normally have direct contact with us."

– Chief Constable Nick Gargan, Avon and Somerset Police.

I am thoroughly looking forward to attending the Royal Bath and West Show.

Going to events is just one of the ways that I get to meet members of the communities I represent.

I thoroughly enjoy meeting and speaking with residents and the show is a good opportunity for local communities to come and have their say on their policing service."

– Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner.

Farming Minister to attend Royal Bath & West Show

David Heath. Credit: PA Wire

The Farming Minister David Heath will be at the Royal Bath and West Show, which starts today.

He'll discuss issues like TB and the forthcoming badger cull with farmers. A cull could start as early as Saturday in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Other concerns for agriculture include the Schmallenberg virus and the future of the industry.

Mr Heath will also visit the Orchards and Cider Pavilion.

150th Royal Bath and West Show starts today

Crowds at the Royal Bath and West Show last year. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bovine TB and a difficult year for farming will be among the discussions at the Royal Bath and West Show later.

It's one of the biggest agricultural shows in the country. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend the event in Shepton Mallet.

This year is the 150th show and runs until Saturday.

Last minute preparations on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News West Country


Wanted: Town crier (must have big voice)

A number of towns in the South West are without a Town Crier, and it's feared that in future there could be a shortage of younger people willing to take on the traditional role.

For centuries they provided a vital service, spreading news and important messages to their local communities - now, though, their role is largely ceremonial. So how are they replaced when they decide to hang up their Tricorn hat? Bob Cruwys reports.

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

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