Richard at the helm for Driffield Show

Bridlington Farmer Richard Jackson, chairman of Driffield Show for the first year.'Pictures by Paul Atkinson:'NBFP PA1827-12c
Bridlington Farmer Richard Jackson, chairman of Driffield Show for the first year.'Pictures by Paul Atkinson:'NBFP PA1827-12c

A Bridlington farmer will be in charge of East Yorkshire’s biggest agricultural event this year.

Richard Jackson is in his first year as chairman of the Driffield Show committee, one of the highlights of the area’s calendar.

This year’s show, next Wednesday, will feature 500 trade stands and is expected to attract 25,000 visitors.

Richard, who owns North Dale Farm near Grindale, said: “Everything is calm at the moment, last year we were hit by the early harvest.

“It’s a fantastic event. Right across the country, agricultural shows are showcasing all that is great about the countryside.

“Driffield Show is a one-day spectacular and there is something for all the family.

“We have to stay on the ball, because it is a competitive market, but we know that for a lot of people, Driffield Show is one of the first dates they put in their diaries each year.”

For the past decade, Richard has been the show’s livestock secretary.

“I haven’t seen much of the show apart from the livestock, so I am looking forward to getting around the site more, with our guests and sponsors,” he added.

Highlights in the main arena include a display by Australian quad bike stuntmanMatt Coulter, known as the Kangaroo Kid, and a show by three times UK’s Strongest Man Adrian Smith.

Tickets are free for under 11s and £4 for under 16s. Adults pay £15 and over 60s £14.