Dick Gough: East Anglian pig farmer’s Royal successes

Pedigree pig farmer and lifelong Canaries supporter Dick Gough, who has died peacefully, aged 76, won countless national supreme championships and was presented to the Queen and Queen Mother.

Progeny from his Lackford herd of Landrace pigs was exported around the world over the decades from the mid-1950s as he enjoyed championship successes at the Royal Smithfield, the Royal Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, and leading regional shows including the Royal Norfolk.

Another highlight as inter-breed champion exhibitor was to be presented to Diana, Princess of Wales, during her visit to the Suffolk Show in 1986.

Born at Pakenham, near Bury St Edmunds, Richard William Gough went to Old Buckenham School and then Gresham's, Holt, before returning to the family's mixed farm at Lackford and Cavenham. His father, Douglas, who was a director of Norwich City in the 1940s, had acquired the farm in 1942.

Mr Gough, who followed in his father's footsteps as a season ticket holder, built up the reputation of the pedigree Landrace herd with his right-hand man and head stockman, Reg Simpkin.

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After the death of Mr Gough's father in 1958, the two men forged a close working relationship as stock was exported to Holland, Germany and Japan.

He also kept a herd of Large White pigs. Although the farm still keeps pigs, the breeding herd has gone.

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He was immensely proud to have been presented on several occasions to the Queen and also the Queen Mother during his show career after winning on so many occasions at Earls Court, London. His rivals respected his passion for pigs throughout the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s in the great days of showing, which was then a key element to marketing pedigree breeding stock.

At heart, he was a private man, who enjoyed his farming and his football. Mr Gough was involved in local affairs, serving on both the parish and parochial church council,

He is survived by his former wife, Bridget, his three children, Tim, Robert and Catherine, and four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at St Lawrence Church, Lackford, near Bury St Edmunds, on Monday, December 20 at 11am.

Michael Pollitt

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