Behind the scenes blog – David Maddocks

David Maddocks

There are a great many people who work hard to ensure Newport Show goes off as smoothly as possible and our visitors go home following a great day out with memories that will be a joy to recall for years to come.

It’s our volunteers who make the show happen, many working behind the scenes to create that special visitor experience we strive for every year. David Maddocks served on the committee for more than 60 years, is a former show president and helped out at this year’s event as a steward.

Ahead of this year’s show, he said: “There is so much to do and think about when you are on the committee or president so it will be nice this year to go along, do a bit as a steward but just enjoy the show and try to take it all in.

“It’s a wonderful event and Chetwynd Deer Park has to be one of the most picturesque venues for a show anywhere in the country.

“On the day I will be doing what I can to help out, acting as a livestock steward and then, from midday, will be assisting my son Philip who is main ring steward, so I’m looking forward to that. I served as ring steward for the last 20 years.

“I became a committee member back in the 1950s and for a while was one of the youngest members on the committee. My father was show president, I was president in 1984 and my son was president three years ago.

“Our family farming business first exhibited in 1949 and showed every year since, so as a family we have been heavily involved in the event for many years. It’s been a long association and an enjoyable one for me but I resigned from the committee this year – it’s a younger man’s world now.

“They made me an honorary life president this year, I’m proud of that because there aren’t that many of us. It’s still nice to be a part of the event and it should be remembered that Newport Show is very important to the agricultural industry and an excellent vehicle for getting the farming message across.

“It’s also important for the local community and for attracting people along to Chetwynd Deer Park. I think moving to the Deer Park was the biggest thing I can remember happening to the show during my time – we are so lucky to be able to stage the event there every year.”