Another successful year for the Royal Welsh
11 June 2013
In spite of the gloom cast by talk of a double-dip recession all three events run by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society – the Spring Festival, the summer show and the Winter Fair – again provided creditable results during another financially successful year which ended with an overall surplus of £89,578.
The figures were revealed by the new chairman of the board of directors, John T Davies, at the annual meeting of the society at Gwalchmai, Anglesey.
In his first annual statement as chairman Mr Davies said the results were achievements in which the society could justifiably take pride, especially in view of the fragility of the national economy from which the Royal Welsh, like other institutions, was not immune.
Luckily, after weeks of torrential rain, the show in July basked in four days of perfect weather and visitors poured through the gates at Llanelwedd in unprecedented numbers to create the highest-ever attendance of 241,099, boosting gate receipts to £887,321 resulting in a surplus of income over expenditure for the show of £209,247.
The year made a splendid start when the Spring Festival attracted nearly 25,000 people and made a surplus of £20,919. The Festival has struck a chord with the public and was now firmly established as one of the most popular weekend attractions in Wales.
The last of the year’s events, the Winter Fair, welcomed an attendance of 26,835, the third highest since it was established in 1990, and the surplus of £108,795 was a very impressive performance, said Mr Davies.
Changes at the top of the society during the year, including his own appointment as chairman of the board and that of the new chief executive, Steve Hughson, meant the society was entering a period of change.
“We are embarking on a new and exciting phase in the continuing development of the RWAS,” said Mr Davies. “No doubt there will be enormous challenges ahead but I am confident that the new team will face them with enthusiasm and drive and determination to ensure that with the help of our members and the level of public support enjoyed by this wonderful Welsh institution over many years, the society will continue to thrive and succeed.”