Royal Welsh Show

July 22, 2013 by  

Royal Welsh Show, The home of the Royal Welsh Show in Powys is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the launch of a new book.

The first Royal Welsh was held in Aberystwyth in 1904 and it remained in the Ceredigion town until 1910.

The event then moved between dozens of different venues before settling on its permanent site in Llanelwedd in 1963.

The decision has proved a huge success and there are estimates the show is worth about £40m to the local economy.

David Howell, an emeritus professor at Swansea University and who specialises in rural history, wrote Taking Stock, a book marking the centenary of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society in 2004.

He has also helped produce the new book charting the development of the showground – the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd 50 Years in Pictures.

Just over 42,000 people visited the first show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, in 1963.

Since then millions of people have passed through the gates, along with a few animals, with a record 241,099 revellers enjoying the event’s four days last year.

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