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Royal visit for new children's unit

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex was in the region today to officially open a new unit at the Leeds Children's Hospital. The paediatric intensive care unit opened during the summer, replacing two smaller units at a cost of almost two million pounds.

The Countess met staff and former patients, as part of her role as Patron of the Children's Hospital. Among them was Dr Mike Richards.


Royal visitor for Lincolnshire Show

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.

Showground prepared for 129th year

Organisers of the Lincolnshire Show say they're hoping this year will be bigger and better than ever, especially to support local farmers who've faced extremely challenging circumstances over the last few months.

The agricultural show, which takes place tomorrow and Thursday, is in its 129th year.

The Countess of Wessex is due to visit this year. There will also be a display from the Red Arrows, and a flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota.

The Lincolnshire Show is undoubtedly a county institution and we are immensely proud that 129 years on the show is bigger, better and more diverse than ever. "However we are still incredibly aware of our roots and the society's commitment to supporting agriculture. "The recent couple of years have been incredibly challenging for many of Lincolnshire's farmers therefore we are working hard to ensure that this year's show will be even more of a success than ever before for them."

– Jayne Southall, director of the Lincolnshire Showground and the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society