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HRH Princess Anne visits The South of England Show

PUBLISHED: 16:13 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:13 12 August 2014

In June, people from Sussex and beyond flocked in their thousands to embrace the sunshine for the first day of The South of England Show.

Ardingly’s three-day show showcased the best of British agriculture, horticulture and equestrianism, and offered a huge range of retail stands and activities for all to enjoy.

One of the most hotly-anticipated events of the first day was a visit from HRH Princess Anne, who visited the AGM of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth at the showground, in honour of her role as president.

The Princess Royal made presentations to the Herons Ghyll and Kipling Riding for the Disabled groups after their display, and presented the Long Service Awards and this year’s Award of Honour to 86 year old John Blake for his contribution to promoting the traditional craft of hedgelaying.

The Princess then enjoyed the Flower Marquee’s Windows of Horticulture. This featured a timely tribute to the hardships faced during World War II where children from Grove Park School, Crowborough had created a decorated air raid shelter.

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