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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

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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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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.
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