Royal Welsh attendance down 17,000

Organisers of the Royal Welsh Show have described it as a “difficult day” but announced that extra land has been found to ease parking problems.

Heavy rain throughout the opening day of the event led to long queues as people attempted to get onto increasingly waterlogged car parks.

Some people reported waits of up to four hours before they could get parked.

Show director Harry Featherstonehaugh said that it had not been an easy day but the general public had been very patient.

A fleet of tractors were on standby to help pull people off the site and they would work until “everyone was off”, he said.

Local farmers had also agreed to provide 40 acres of alternative parking which meant that the situation should improve on Tuesday (24 July), he said.

The weather forecast for Tuesday is also looking brighter.

“We’ve secured extra areas of parking and we’ll be shuttle-bussing people in from there,” he said.

“My one message to visitors, however, is that they please go into the first car park they see when travelling to the show.”

The Royal Welsh Show is the largest agricultural show in Europe, but the wet weather has taken it toll.

By 3pm on Monday (23 July), 37,832 people had passed through the gates, but this figure is 17,124 less than on the opening day in 2006.

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