Spalding Young Farmer makes a plea to keep show local

Young farmer Martin Ulyatt.
Young farmer Martin Ulyatt.
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Last week I visited one of the biggest agricultural machinery shows in the UK – LAMMA, writes Martin Ulyatt.

It was hosted at the East of England showground in Peterborough and had over 900 exhibitors showcasing all the latest machinery from both UK manufacturers and others from around the world.

For anyone with an interest in agriculture it is a show to be experienced. It’s free to get in, has lots of parking and machinery in every colour you could ask for.

Being a January show it is usually quite cold but this year it was quite mild and pleasant.

Rumours around the showground were that the organisers are thinking of moving the show to Birmingham’s NEC Arena in the future. I think that would be a negative move for a show created and named in our very own county – The Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association. The show has grown from a group of like-minded farmers in 1982 showing off their latest equipment to a show where most companies from around the world want to attend, with visitor numbers in the tens of thousand now making the trip to have a look round each year.

A free to attend show with no booking required is very rare so let’s all try to keep it local and support the event while it is still held in Peterborough.