Honour for Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director

Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show, has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire by the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Crathorne.

The Cabinet Office in a letter dated 8th July confirmed that: Her Majesty The Queen does not disapprove the appointment of Mr Bill Cowling as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of North Yorkshire.

The announcement came on the day (Weds 9 July2014) when Bill was preparing to welcome HRH The Princess Royal, having welcomed The Countess of Wessex on the previous day. The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural .

Commenting on the appointment Bill said: I am absolutely thrilled and delighted. This is a huge honour and as a North Yorkshire farmer I feel I represent not only the Show but our county’s farming and rural interests.

Lord Crathorne said that Bill’s long experience as a highly successful Honorary Show Director will enable him to contribute much as a Deputy Lieutenant. The role of a Deputy Lieutenant is to support the work of the Lord Lieutenant in the County.

Lord Crathorne added: I know Bill will do this admirably and be a great addition to the team.

It was a particularly special day for the Cowling family, as Bill’s 6-year-old granddaughter, Francesca Kottler, had an important role too, presenting a Yorkshire white rose to HRH The Princess Royal during her visit today (Weds) to the Great Yorkshire Show.

Main photograph: Lord Crathorne, Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire with Bill Cowling, newly announced as a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire against a backdrop of the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show

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