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Chairman focuses on young farmers

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

HANDOVER: George Lopes and Sir Eric Dancer. Geoff Pagotto

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THE new president of Devon County Show, Sir Eric Dancer, has stressed the role for young people in modern farming.

As he took over from George Lopes, he said: "Modern farming is a high-tech, high-skill industry and it is really encouraging to see that it is once again attracting able, enthusiastic young people to take the training that they will need to make the most of the opportunities that now exist.

"As it celebrates 25 years at the Westpoint showground, I am particularly glad that this year's Devon County Show will be putting the emphasis on youth and opportunity."

Sir Eric is the Lord Lieutenant of Devon and has organised previous royal visits to the show.

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But he admitted knowing little about farming because of the emphasis on manufacturing industry in his career.

"Lady Dancer and I are greatly looking forward to visiting the trade stands, admiring some outstanding livestock and meeting the people who make farming in Devon tick."

During his time as managing director of Dartington Glass, as it was then called, he led the transformation of the company into, as it is known today, Dartington Crystal.

Sir Eric is a CBE and patron or trustee of 20 charities in Devon. He was founder chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Training and Enterprise Council, and of the TEC National Council. He is the fifth serving Lord Lieutenant to become president of the Devon County Agricultural Association.

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