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  1. Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall are guests of honour at the show
  2. Organisers report better-than-expected ticket sales, and hope more than 90,000 people will attend today and tomorrow
  3. Updates on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

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By Mariam Issimdar and Zoe Applegate

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We hope you've enjoyed our live coverage today, on which royalty in the form of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall turned out for the Royal Norfolk Show.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles

Also making headlines today was the news that two other councils have rejected the government's proposals for devolution and three of our MPs have each selected different Tory candidates to support in the party leadership contest.

We're back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a good evening.

Hewett going for Rio gold

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norfolk is home to one of the favourites for a medal at the Rio Paralympics. 

Alfie Hewett, 18, from Cantley, near Norwich, will be among the top seeds in the wheelchair tennis event alongside partner Gordon Reid. Hewett will also compete in the singles. 

The Norwich City College student is an all-round sportsman and as a youngster had ambitions to play professionally for Norwich City.

Hewett also competes at Wimbledon in the wheelchair event next week.

Alfie Hewett
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I was a really keen footballer for Norwich and had trials but then got diagnosed with a hip condition when I was seven. I got into wheelchair basketball, archery and then tennis at a local club. It spiralled on from there, really.

Alfie HewettWheelchair Tennis player

Prince Charles out among the crowds

The Prince of Wales seemed to like what he saw at the Royal Norfolk Show today.

Prince Charles

Apparently he doesn't normally drink while on duty but when offered a glass of Adnam's Ghost Ship pale ale he took a sip, declaring it "very good".   

'Wild' animals entice children at show

The Royal Norfolk Show wasn't just about tractors, cows and flowery hats, as these King's Lynn schoolchildren discovered:

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Show gets visit from Shetland pony used to help dementia patients

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Walking through the showground, I spotted this miniature Shetland pony being led by his owner Ali Stearn to make an appearance at the Co-op tent.

Shetland pony

Jack Brock, who was rescued eight years ago in Gloucester, is cute and pocket-sized (in equine terms) which is why he is being used to help dementia patients.

Owner Ali, of Norwich, said he goes into sufferers' bedrooms at a care home in Cromer so they can pet him. "My husband's mother died of dementia and the Co-op is making its stores dementia friendly so that's why we're here."

Ali, who is jockey Bob Champion's stepdaughter and was brought up in Newmarket, said she was contacted by the care home about three years ago after its owner saw Jack Brock in a newspaper delivering confetti at weddings.

Watch: RAF Falcons parachute into Grand Ring

This was the scene earlier when the RAF Falcons display team parachuted into the Royal Norfolk Show. Wow!

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Best ever attendance for show?

Despite the rain, organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show say they've seen better-than-expected ticket sales today.

They think 90,000 people will visit over the two days of the show.

Visitors to show

Norfolk MPs nail colours to mast in Tory leadership election

Nominations opened today for the Conservative leadership election and we've already told you who Elizabeth Truss will be voting for. 

Big Ben

Now two more Norfolk MPs have revealed who they will be supporting.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has said he'll be playing a leading role in Theresa May's campaign, while the Norwich North MP, Chloe Smith has come out for the Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, who she says does have a big enough public profile to be prime minister. 

Man found guilty over death of son he attacked as a baby

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A father has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his son, who died six years after a head injury inflicted on him as a four-week-old baby.

Kevin Toye, 29, of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, was on trial for the manslaughter of Baylee Varley, who died in March 2014.  

Norwich Crown Court

Norwich Crown Court was told the boy died six years after his father inflicted a head injury on him as a four-week-old baby.

A doctor who treated Baylee in February 2008 told the court he could have been "injured by somebody".

That morning his father found the boy, who had been ill through the night, "floppy, pale and gasping".

The judge Mr Justice Spencer warned Toye that he faced an inevitable prison sentence. 

Devolution deal rejected by Norwich City Council

Latest developments in the East Anglia devolution proposals have seen Norwich city councillors vote unanimously to reject the latest deal, which would include a mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk.  


The city council is the second authority in Norfolk to reject the proposals, following Breckland. 

Broadland District Council voted in favour of the deal yesterday afternoon. 

But the rejection by two councils - especially Norwich - has put the whole devolution plan in doubt. 

Other councils are yet to vote on bringing Norfolk and Suffolk closer together under the deal which is offering the region more money and control over infrastructure and housing as well as budgets for business.  

Labour campaigner: 'Corbyn can win a General Election'

Under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn can win a General Election, a prominent Norfolk Labour activist has insisted.

Mr Corbyn is expected to face a leadership challenge after losing a vote of no-confidence yesterday, but Joanne Rust, who stood for the party in North West Norfolk last year, told BBC Radio Norfolk she hoped he would remain as leader.

Jeremy Corbyn

"Having been round the doorsteps in the run-up to the last election, what a lot of people were saying is that we're all the same, and that's one of the main things about Jeremy - he is not the same," she said.

"I believe that yes, he can win a General Election because he is quite evidently different to the other politicians."

Truss backs Boris in Tory leadership contest

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

We move away from the Royal Norfolk Show to bring you news that the Environment Secretary and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is backing Boris Johnson to become the Conservative party's new leader. 

Ms Truss says she's supporting Johnson since he has commanded the backing of the British people in the EU referendum and she believes he's the best man for the job. 

Elizabeth Truss MP

Where did you get that hat?

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Earlier I chatted to a couple of the judges for the Best Dressed competition who told me they had seen a woman in the most incredible homemade hat, and they hoped she would enter the contest.

Well, look who I bumped into - really, I was never going to miss her - and indeed she is going to enter the competition.

Emma Gray, 27, of Norwich, told me she spent just a couple of evenings crafting her colourful creation of flowers and feathers. "I normally make my own hats for the show - for about the past five years," she said. 

"I always enter the Best Dressed competition but have never won before." Until now, I'd safely bet.  

Emma Gray

Best in show - on the catwalk, too!

Rebecca Downie, from intu Chapelfield, and Aaron Jermy, store manager of Hugo Boss in Chapelfield, have been talking to BBC Radio Norfolk's Chrissie Jackson about fashion at the show.

Best dressed judges

The pair have been going round the showground spotting snappy dressers and inviting them to the best dressed competition at 15:00. 

They are on the judging panel, too. 

Rebecca said: "We've seen some bright pops of colour and a lot of floral and a standout hat with lots of flowers and feathers that a lady has made herself and we're really hoping she turns up at 3pm."

Watch: Touring cars back at Snetterton

BBC Radio Norfolk's Phil Daley has been at Snetterton this afternoon...

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Royal Norfolk Show proving to be a family affair

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Plenty of families have turned out to explore all the show has to offer including mother and daughter Angela Molineux and Lucy Smith, who brought her children Harry, two, and Olivia, three months. 

family at the show

Angela said: "My husband is the third generation of his family to be head of gate stewards and public finance, so I've got a long history with the show, but being here today with Harry proves it really is something for the whole family." 

Lucy said: "Harry has brought a new perspective as he's been looking at the animals and machinery. Olivia, however, has taken a more laidback approach!"    

Duchess meets Royal Anglians

Ominous-looking clouds as the band play on...

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The Royal Air Force College band keeps playing as the clouds loom. 

Royal Airforce College band

We've felt a few spots of rain already...

Royal visitor at Broads Authority stand

Prince Charles visits the Broads Authority's stand:

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Watch: Drone captures show from above

These aerial shots give you a good idea of the scale of the show: 

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Prince and Duchess arrive at show

Here's the first photo of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving the Royal Norfolk Show. 

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They've got a brand-new combine harvester...

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

The combine harvester is the most expensive piece of equipment on the farm.

Combine harvester

This one on the Ben Burgess stand costs about £250,000.

As well as being very expensive, it's very large and very tall. The distance from the cab to the floor is 2.2m (7ft 3in).

Combine harvester

Otley and Easton College calling all students

The future is agriculture, according to Otley and Easton College, whose students created this wonderful display. 

Spokesman John Nice says young people at the show can find out more about careers in the industry by coming along to its stand.

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A fine array of Herefords...

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Judging this lot of Hereford cattle is going to be a challenge as they all look gorgeous!

Hereford cows

This one is a Sussex breed and he's called George. 

Funnily enough he's from Stonegate in Sussex and weighs over a tonne. Despite that, his owner says George is very docile. Ahhh...

George the cow

Smithing skills on show

All the traditional skills can be seen at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Brian Cordaroy

Brian Cordaroy is a blacksmith and has worked on repairs to Norwich Cathedral. Tomorrow he will be working on railings at St Peter Mancroft Church in the city.

He is demonstrating his trade here by making a bear face.

Brian Cordaroy

Showjumpers in action

This horse is taking part in the Showjumping A&B Competition Class 210.

It cleared the fence in the photo but it wasn't so lucky on its previous attempt and toppled the pole.

Horse at jumps

The wonderful sights of Bressingham

As well as looking at the future of agriculture, the show gives us a chance to look at machines from a bygone era.

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Royal Norfolk Show: Weather from the showground

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Well, so far it's fine and dry with umbrellas staying folded... it's felt a bit nippy as I've wandered around so you could do with a cardigan or perhaps a jacket - but at the moment it's looking like excellent weather for the show.

It might feel a little cool, but it's still worth putting on a bit of sun cream as I know some of the teams preparing for the show got a little sunburned yesterday.

Apparently there's wet weather contingency in one of the marquees at the show if it pours down later as forecast.


If you're heading up to the showground, public transport is probably the easier way to do it - full details on the Royal Norfolk Show website.

Meet Zurich the ram...

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

This beautiful creature is a Swiss Valais Ram. 

Ram and owner

His owner - also beautiful, I'm sure - is Paul Furness from Church Farm, Stow Bardolph. 

And, being Swiss, he says he's "not too bothered about what happened last week with the Brexit vote".

Norfolk Showground a showcase for latest farm machinery

Along with the agricultural stock, the Royal Norfolk Show is also the perfect chance to get close to some of the latest farm machinery.

The most recent in the John Deere 9RX tractor series is huge... a bit like the price tag.

John Deere tractor

If you fancied buying one it'll cost you about £100,000... so enjoy this cab's-eye view on us.

John Deere tractor

Royal Norfolk Show: Encouraging us to keep it local

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The Royal Norfolk Show in pictures...

Grand Ring with showjumpers
Boating lake

Watch: Royal Norfolk Show weather

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

If you're heading to the Royal Norfolk Show today or tomorrow, here's a special tailor-made weather forecast for you...

Showjumping about to start in the Grand Ring

Royal Norfolk Show visitors are being urged to head for the Grand Ring. The weather is still holding up, too.

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Sheep judging gets under way

What beauties! Would make a lovely jumper, too!

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Travel update: It's less fuss by bus

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

I've just got off the bus at the Royal Norfolk Showground. There are long queues on the A47 but traffic is moving and the outside lane is clear. 

On the bus

The journey by bus, though, from St Stephen's Street in Norwich was fast, taking only 20 minutes.

I've seen long queues for drivers to park. As we got off the bus I heard someone say: "It's better than queuing for the car park - it was a very quick journey."

Visitors arriving at Royal Norfolk Show

Norwich City need 'fresh faces'

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Following the departure of Gary Holt (pictured right) as first team coach yesterday, former Norwich defender Greg Downs has called for "fresh faces" if the Canaries are to return the Premier League at the first attempt.

Holt (below, right) departs Carrow Road by mutual consent and has stated his desire to become a head coach or manager elsewhere.

Alex Neil and Gary Holt
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The fact that Holt has been allowed to go would suggest that maybe the coaching staff weren't all thinking the same way. I'd like to see someone come in and sort the defence out."

Greg DownsFormer Norwich City defender

Union chief says future is a 'challenge' for farmers

The president of the National Farmers Union, who's at the Royal Norfolk Show today, says the future is a "challenge" and local farmers want to know as soon as possible what the impact of departure from the European Union will be on their businesses.

Meurig Raymond is hopeful but says at the moment there's so much uncertainty for the industry and that governments need to make sure farmers don't lose out.

Meurig Raymond, NFU

We have some time now to produce a UK farm policy. Access to that single market in Europe is going to be so important. We export about three million tonnes of grain, 38% of our sheep meat and we do not want to be disadvantaged."

Meurig RaymondPresident, National Farmers Union

A taste of the show...

Judging is under way at the Royal Norfolk Show...


Weather: Dry start rain moving in later

BBC Weather

If you're going to the Royal Norfolk Show today the advice is to take a brolly, and possibly some wellies.

Some heavier bursts of rain are expected by lunchtime and strong winds too.

Feeling cooler with temperatures reaching only 13C (55F). 

BBC Weather has more details.