TV star Jimmy Doherty to attend this year’s Royal Norfolk Show

Showgoers will be delighted to hear that Jimmy Doherty, will be attending this year’s Royal Norfolk Show in his capacity as President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, on Wednesday 28th June.

Undoubtedly one of the UK’s favourite farmers, the television presenter is a champion of agriculture, the countryside, local produce and rare livestock breeds (Jimmy has six of the 11 native breeds of pig on the RBST Watchlist).

Mr Doherty is due to take part in a jam-packed schedule during his visit and will begin with a tour of Mr Mawkins farm and the Adnams Food and Drink Experience where he will meet and greet with local producers and experience the Art of Butchery demonstrations.

As well as a visit to Pig Lines and speaking with the YIELD Group (a new network for young members’ of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association) Jimmy will also hold a celebrity cooking demonstration alongside chef Jon Gay at the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it stage.

The Royal Norfolk Show is no stranger to hosting celebrities with the gardening guru Monty Don as well as members of the Royal family in attendance last year.

Show and Programmes Director, Mark Nicholas, says everyone at The Royal Norfolk Show is thrilled by the announcement.

“The news that a celebrity like Jimmy Doherty is attending the show not only excites us but we’re sure our visitors too!”

“Jimmy encompasses everything the show is about and he’s a real champion of food, farming and the countryside. His appearance is sure to highlight the important work of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and educate our visitors about the magnificent work they do. It will also be an exclusive chance for visitors to watch a live cookery demonstration by one of the UK’s much-loved farmers and for our young RNAA members to be inspired by his knowledge and experience.”

Tom Beeston, CEO of the RBST who will be accompanying Jimmy on the day says “I’m really looking forward to taking Jimmy to one of my favourite shows, it is a great opportunity to excite visitors about what the Rare Breeds Survival Trust does.”

“It’s an especially important year for us as it’s the Saddleback Pig’s 50th Anniversary, a breed which Jimmy champions. With numbers declining it is essential we educate the public on this native breed and what can be done to boost their numbers.”