Royal Welsh Show 2015

It's been a record-breaking year for the Royal Welsh Show with almost 242,000 visitors coming through the gates. It's the highlight of Wales's rural calendar, and the biggest agricultural event in Europe.

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Record-breaking year for the Royal Welsh Show

It's been a record-breaking year for the Royal Welsh Show. Credit: ITV News

This year's Royal Welsh Show has set a new attendance record, with 241,971 people so far visiting the showground in Llanelwedd.

The previous record was 241,781 in 2013, marked by sunshine and Prince Charles' visit just days after Prince George was born.

This year's show has seen some showers, but they haven't kept the crowds away. 72,478 people come to see the famous cobs and more on Wednesday setting a new record for the busiest single day.

Prime Minister David Cameron was among 51,951 visitors who had come through the gates by 2pm today. With that total set to rise by the time the show draws to close tonight, the final total is due to pass 242,000 for the first time.


Cameron takes in the animal pens at Royal Welsh Show

David Cameron toured the animal pens with Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb. Credit: ITV News/Adrian Masters

Prime Minister David Cameron is paying a visit to the Royal Welsh Show today.

He'll be touring the stands, meeting showgoers and visiting some of the animal pens.

Earlier he announced the creation of 250 new jobs at General Dynamics in Merthyr Tydfil.

Read more on that story here.

Abergele shepherd wins long service award at Royal Welsh Show

A shepherd from Abergele has been given a long service award for spending forty years tending sheep.

Bryn Roberts has been tending sheep for 40 years Credit: ITV Wales

Bryn Roberts looks after some 1000 livestock on a local estate, which also happens to be the place where he's accrued each and every one of his 40 years experience.

"My father was a farmer, my Grandad was a shepherd many years ago...the best thing about the job is the freedom, the quietness up here, it's lovely"

– Bryn Roberts

Bryn was nominated for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's Long Service Award by Estate owner Harry Featherstone-Haugh.

"He's managed to survive forty years being here - it's only right that he should be recognised as being a star shepherd, which you know he has been for all that length of time"

– Bryn Roberts

Bryn collected the award on Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by family and colleagues. He plans to spend another two years shepherding on the hills, before enjoying his retirement.


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