Countess of Wessex opens new 'cow shed' at Royal Cornwall Showground
A massive exhibition hall received the Royal seal of approval when the Countess of Wessex formally unveiled a plaque at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge.
The building, measuring 100 metres by 25 metres and nicknamed the "largest cowshed in Cornwall", has cost £650,000, including its milking parlour and cattle-washing facilities.
The Countess was escorted by the Lord Lieutenant, Col Edward Bolitho, and was welcomed by Jonathan Coode, chairman of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.
He said the new building was "a terrific addition to our facilities and overcomes many of the problems we were facing – with both larger numbers of show animals, and larger animals". He added: "It will serve the county well. Even the Cornwall Council election count will be held here in May."
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It had already proved its worth when 600 primary schoolchildren had attended the Farm and Country Event there the previous day.
The Countess arrived by car 15 minutes late for the appointment, but was warmly greeted by an audience of 60 association officers and members before she drew back the blue satin curtain over the Delabole slate plaque.