25 November 2000
Wheelchair makes Smithfield special
By Robert Davies
AN ELECTRIC wheelchair will make this years Royal Smithfield Show a very special event for one of the events most fervent Welsh supporters.
Diana Flack, who has entered Welsh Black Cattle and Black Welsh Mountain sheep, found it difficult to get around Earls Court two years ago.
What she calls her yellow buggy, and the lift to the sheep section, will give her access to her livestock and many friends made over decades of showing.
“I would strongly advise others with failing health to admit their problems early and use a powered buggy to stay independent,” she said.
Mrs Flack is now a life member of the Smithfield Club, which she joined more than 50 years ago, and is also on the clubs council.
Her enthusiasm for Waless native cattle breed is unrelenting – even when it seemed that entries this year would be too low to continue classes.
Rather than give up, Mrs Flack cajoled enough breeders into making the trek to London and even agreed to pay the total entry fee bill of 684.
“We needed 18 cattle and we have got them.
My birthday falls around the time of the show and it would be wonderful to celebrate with good results.”
Despite her mobility problems, Mrs Flack and her stockman Will Owen still manage the 47 Welsh Blacks and 600 ewes at Llaneuddog on Anglesey.
She has recently taken on another farm and runs a high turnover business procuring stock for two major abattoirs from her kitchen table.