Presidential role for peer at Yorkshire Agricultural Society

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The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, is following in his father’s footsteps as he takes up the role of president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for 2014-15.

Lord Crathorne, who has also been given The Freedom of The Town of Richmond, will step down as Lord-Lieutenant in September on his 75th birthday after serving for 15 years.

As president, he represents the society at events around the region, and chairs the various internal planning meetings for its high profile event, the Great Yorkshire Show.

Lord Crathorne said: “I am very excited and enormously honoured to be president. It’s particularly significant to me as it was a role my father undertook in 1967. I have always had a great affection for the Great Yorkshire Show and indeed an interest in the society’s work year-round in raising the profile of farming and rural communities and celebrating farming excellence.”

Lord Crathorne has been a familiar face for many years at the three-day farming and countryside showcase which has much expanded since 1967. Today there are around 2,000 sheep entered, 50 years ago there were just over 400.

“Many families who were involved 50 years ago, are still taking part today, either as visitors, sponsors or as exhibitors. And of course the ethos remains the same, to show the best of British farming,” said Lord Crathorne.