The chairman of the Cheshire Agricultural Society has received a fellowship award from the industry’s governing body.
Tony Garnett DL ARAgS, an associate of the Council for Awards of the Royal Agricultural Societies for the past five years, was granted the accolade at the Royal Cheshire County Show President’s Lunch by president Vic Croxson DL MBA FRAgS.
The award can only be received by associates who can demonstrate a continuing significant contribution to agricultural and rural progress in the UK or, exceptionally, to other individuals, such as, most recently, HRH The Countess of Wessex.
The four National Agricultural Societies that have royal status, namely The Royal Agricultural Society of England, The Royal Ulster, The Royal Welsh and The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, sponsor the award.
Mr Garnett, who was accompanied at the luncheon by his wife Pamela, said: “Neither of us had any idea whatsoever that it was going to happen although as Vic got three quarters of the way through his speech, I did start to wonder what was going on.
“There was so much happening at the show that it was difficult to take it all in at the time but it’s brilliant – I’m really thrilled.”
Mr Croxson also dedicated part of his president’s speech to thanking Tony and Pamela for the work they put into securing the royal title for the Cheshire County Show, which debuted in 2016 as the Royal Cheshire County Show.
He said: “It was the quality of the voluminous submission that they wrote and submitted to the Cabinet Office, describing why the Cheshire should become the Royal Cheshire, which achieved this prestigious outcome.
“I refer of course to our chairman Tony and his wife Pamela to whom we owe very special thanks.”
The next Royal Cheshire County Show is scheduled to take place at Tabley Showground, near Knutsford, on June 20-21 in 2017.