News Mayor marks 90 years of County Show with royal handshake

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Maidstone Borough Council representatives were honoured to be invited to meet HRH the Duke of Kent when he visited the Kent County Show on Friday 5 July.

The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Marion Ring, and MBC’s Chief Executive, Alison Broom, met His Royal Highness when he attended the Kent agricultural showcase on its opening day at the Detling Show Ground.

Commenting on the day, Cllr Marion Ring said:

“It was an honour to meet the Duke – as a representative of the County Town, his presence showed his interest in our beautiful countryside and the importance of Kent as the Garden of England.

I have been coming to the County Show for many, many years, and it is always a fun family day out, with lots to see and to buy. My father used to show here, so it holds a special place in my heart. To have now visited as the Mayor, and to have met the Duke of Kent, has added to my memories of this unique event.”

Now in its 90th year, the diverse event showcases elements of rural life such as farming, livestock, and horticulture, with over 400 exhibitors taking part. There are also reminders of days gone by with vintage cars and machinery on display.

Alison Broom said:

“We are lucky to have this hugely popular and informative show held within the borough of Maidstone, bringing large numbers of both local and visiting guests to our economy.”

The team from Maidstone Museum were also present, with a stand across the three days, promoting the attraction as another great day out for families and those interested in the history of the County.

The highlight exhibition for the summer holidays is Endangered and Extinct, a collection of recycled art which depicts species which are on the brink of being wiped out, or which no longer inhabit our planet. For full details of things to see and do at the Museum, visit

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