Royal Welsh Show: Retired farmer celebrates 75th year at show

Retired dairy farmer Lloyd Jones achieved an important personal milestone at this year’s Royal Welsh Show – he has attended every event for the past 75 years.

Mr Jones, of Ystrad Dewi, Tregaron, recalls attending his first ever Royal Welsh. “It was a joint effort between the Royal and Royal Welsh and it was held in Cardiff,” he said.

“My father showed Welsh cobs for years so the Royal Welsh was a major highlight in the year for us.”

Mr Jones then started competing in the show’s sheepdog trials and still does so to this day.

He was delighted when the show found a permanent home at Llanelwedd in 1963. “In those days the attendance for the entire event was 43,000 but now it is more than 60,000 a day,” he said. “It is a real tribute to the people of Wales that it has become the event it is today.”

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