On Tuesday 9 June our Farm Secretary, Emma Pigg and myself, had the pleasure of meeting Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Hopes Auction Mart in Wigton.
The Countess, who is wife to Prince Edward, spent her morning at the auction mart having a tour around and popping to the David Allen booth as she passed.
Countess Sophie got stuck right in to proceedings, presenting Mr Crichton of Egremont with the Champion of Lambs trophy and then taking a turn on the auctioneer’s rostrum to sell some livestock.
Her visit to the mart was sealed with the reveal of a commemorative plaque that has been displayed at the mart in her honour.
It was great to see a member of the royal family attend one of our local marts, and great to be part of yet another local event that showcases our Cumbrian agricultural community.