The Royal Welsh Show – 50 years in pictures

30 June 2013

A book marking the 50th anniversary since the Royal Welsh Show settled permanently at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, in 1963, has been produced by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

The book of 158 pages charts in words and pictures the development of the show and the transformation of the 176 acre showground into one of the finest in Europe generating around £40m a year for the economy of Mid Wales.

Printed in full colour and with more than 170 photographs the book will be launched and on sale at the four-day show (July 22-25) and early indications are that copies will be in popular demand.

The contents are divided into the five decades of the last half century since the Royal Welsh located at Llanelwedd having previously moved to 37 different sites throughout Wales.

Some photographs show the open fields, muddy tracks, prefabricated huts and canvas tents that existed in the early 1960s and others illustrate the sophisticated showground of today, an asset which represents a £14m investment by the RWAS to which many of the people of Wales have contributed through the society’s unique feature county fund.

There are photographs too of some of the pioneering members of the society who made the decision, courageous at the time, to change the show from its peripatetic journeying throughout Wales to a permanent existence at Llanelwedd.  Many readers will also be reminded through the photographs of the fun and pleasure the event brings to thousands of showgoers.   Don’t be surprised if you see yourself featured on some of the pages!

The book will be on sale at several points on the showground (price £9.99) including at the society’s shop at the rear of the Grand Stand.

Don’t miss the opportunity to buy a copy.