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'My first time at the Royal Norfolk Show - and I'm running it'

Setting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019. Show director James Hill. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Setting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019. Show director James Hill. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Archant 2019

For Royal Norfolk Show director James Hill, Wednesday is going to be an especially thrilling day.

Setting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019
. Show director James Hill. Picture: Syona DuncanSetting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019 . Show director James Hill. Picture: Syona Duncan

Not only will he see four months of hard work come to fruition - but he will also get to see the two-day event for the first time, having never attended the show before.

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While relatively inexperienced in the world of agricultural shows, Mr Hill, a former armed forces officer, feels the absence of preconceptions could be a strength.

"I have visited other agricultural shows over the years but this is all completely new - a fresh canvas as it were," he said.

Setting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019
Shannon Loveday washing Bluebell the Lincoln Red from Highfield Farm
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019Setting up at the Royal Norfolk Show 2019 Shannon Loveday washing Bluebell the Lincoln Red from Highfield Farm Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

"I came relatively late to the party starting in March, but it has been a chance for me to learn and watch and see what makes up the show. Every day has been a learning day.

"We are lucky we have such a fantastic team of volunteers and stewards with a huge depth of knowledge and experience, which is invaluable."

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