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The 151st Royal Bath & West Show

Thousands of people poured into Somerset for the 151st Royal Bath and West Show with millions of pounds of trade boosting the county's economy.

Just months after parts of Somerset were devastated by floods, the county put on a display to wow the country - and in fact around the world as Kiwi Rowland Smith scooped the Golden Shears.

Alan Lyons, Show Manager, said: "The community has been able to show off all that is good about the county and beyond.

"The Show is an incredible event as it encompasses everything one normally sees in a traditional day out with a quintessentially British agricultural show.

"We have had the very best livestock in the country, we showcased the best cider and the best cheese and I believe the best entertainment.

"We introduced a small producers market to give small businesses a helping hand and the response has been phenomenal.

"We won't know the final gate numbers for several days yet but despite the weather at the start I think we are looking at a good year.

"Entries were high across the board, and in some cases such as cheese and for the Egg Show they hit record numbers.

"We know some traders even sold out and we know many have done businesses either at the Show or have set up deals for the future. The last economic impact report showed the Show accounted for a minimum of £10m changing hands before, during and after Show."

Next Year's Show dates - 27th May - 30th May 2015

To view images of the Show and to purchase please click here (Gallery ID: Royal)

2014 Show Highlights include

• A visit by the Society's President HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
• The British Cheese Awards whose supreme champion was Rosary Garlic & Herb from Rosary Goats Cheese in Salisbury
• The British Cider Competition - a Somerset double with John Hecks' dry cider judged Champion British Farmhouse Cider and Bob Chaplin's Broadpool Cider judged Supreme Champion British Cider.
• Expansion of canoeing on the show ground lake to celebrate National Go Canoeing Week.
• The 50th anniversary of the Golden Shears at the Show with the first winner from 1964, Mr Ian Stewart, returning from New Zealand. The Golden Shears Open Championship was won by Kiwi Rowland Smith the day before he attended the wedding of his brother and fellow sheep shearer Matt.
• Farm Woman of the Year 2014 named as Maureen Trott
• Dilton Marsh CofE Primary School in Wiltshire received the overall prize for the 18th Environmental Youth Award.
• Alburn Youth Council received the Prince of Wales Award.
• £2m worth of machinery on show
• Farming for the family demonstrating where food comes from
• The best Livestock in the country competing in competitive classes
• Wowing the main ring were The Devils Horsemen - one of Europe's leading teams of Horsemasters, Stuntmen and Stunt Co-ordinators which has featured in film and TV productions such as The King's Speech, The Eagle and The Duchess and Squibbfreestyle Motocross Arena Stunt Show featuring breathtaking jumps and stunts mid-air.