‘Down to earth’ farm chat with HRH

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LINLITHGOW farming manufacturers John and Andrew Kerr had a date with royalty last week when they met with HRH Princess Anne at the Royal Highland Show.

The Princess Royal was visiting Scotland’s top agricultural show last Friday in her role as patron, and during a tour of the showground visited the Kerr’s stand.

Andrew Kerr, who runs the business with father John at Wilcoxholm said: “We were told in advance that she wished to speak to us as we are one of the longest-attending businesses at the annual show. We have been in business for over 60 years and have been attending since the mid 1970s.”

Andrew said: “We spoke for about 10 minutes on farming issues and she was very knowledgeable and quite down to earth. She was interested to hear about our new log-hauling machinery which can be towed by a quad bike or horses as opposed to heavy machinery which can cause ecological damage.”

He said her visit was an ‘honour’ for them as royalty do not normally visit the machinery stands.

As well as the Royal visit, Andrew added that exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show proved very profitable with up to 40 pieces of machinery, ranging from £1000 to £40,000, being sold over the four days.

With 20 people employed at the local business Andrew added: “The show is a great way of showcasing our products.

*The Princess Royal also met with food producers, schoolchildren, cattle and sheep exhibitors, members of the SWRI as well as representatives from show organisers.