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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Balmoral show in pictures - Maze site hailed as massive success

The end of a perfect day.    Richard Fleming relaxing after a hard day at the Balmoral show.  The cattle belong to Albert Connolly's from Ballynahinch Brigadoon Charolais.  Picture by Bernie Brown.
The end of a perfect day. Richard Fleming relaxing after a hard day at the Balmoral show. The cattle belong to Albert Connolly's from Ballynahinch Brigadoon Charolais. Picture by Bernie Brown.
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. Eva McClurg aged 10 cooling down her Pony, Barney after she came 2nd in the Working Hunter Starter Stakes
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. A farmer relaxes and watches his cows
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. Show-goers enjoying the Sunshine
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. Cows are shown off in the Cow Showring
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. Bobbie Wilson aged 8 holding an owl and watching as it flys away
17.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The third and final day of the Balmoral Show at the old Maize Prison site yesterday. Joy Johnson who was working selling flowers at the show for her company Joy's Flowers pictured enjoying the sunshine
The crowds being intertained at the Balmoral Show by the mountain bike display team from Savage Skills. Picture by Bernie Brown
Michelle McCauley from Clough at the Balmoral Show with her shorthorn cows. This is the first time in 70 years that Shorthorns have been shown at the Balmoral show. Picture by Bernie Brown
James McCauley aged 7 helping mummy (Michelle McCauley) to muck out at the Balmoral Show. Picture by Bernie Brown
NO FEE Presseye.com17th May 2013 Star of the show: Cormac Peter Wardle (10) from Lissan surveys his work at today?s Balmoral Show. The creative primary school pupil designed an eye-catching 2.5 metre high sculpture that has resided pride-of-place on one of the main thoroughfares in the Balmoral Show?s new home and will become a permanent fixture. Cormac won a competition by show principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, to have his design concept turned into a sculpture by local artist Michelle Stevens. He and his classmates and family visited the show today as guests of Ulster Bank. Tens of thousands of people have admired the sculpture over the last few days. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com17th May 2013 Star of the show: Cormac Peter Wardle (10) from Lissan surveys his work at today?s Balmoral Show. The creative primary school pupil designed an eye-catching 2.5 metre high sculpture that has resided pride-of-place on one of the main thoroughfares in the Balmoral Show?s new home and will become a permanent fixture. Cormac won a competition by show principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, to have his design concept turned into a sculpture by local artist Michelle Stevens. He and his classmates and family visited the show today as guests of Ulster Bank. Tens of thousands of people have admired the sculpture over the last few days. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the 2013 Balmoral Show - Lorna Robinson and Karen Loughran. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has pledged her support for the continued growth of the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland during a visit to the 2013 Balmoral Show on Thursday. The Minister spent the day touring the Showgrounds and meeting representatives from the food processing industry along with the wider agri-food community. Pictured with Arlene Foster during a visit to the Dale Farm exhibition, was David Dobbin, Chief Executive.
Second day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. The Botannica Amateur Championship. Martin Wilson on Hermes Diamond. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Second day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. The Botannica Amateur Championship. Martin Wilson on Hermes Diamond Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Margaret Fullerton on Vinday Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Richard Ennis, Dabid Thomas, Ellvena Graham and Nigel Dunlop. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Margaret Fullerton on Vinday. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Ian Jordan, Declan Billington and Paul Johnston. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Colum Caughey and Nigel Walsh. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Ken Murnaghan, Denis Lynn and Nicky Banjeri. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow on Euro DoublAct. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. Deirdre McDonald from Sligo tending to her horse Nisqually De May
Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Artist Michelle Stephens unveils a 2.5 metre high sculpture that is residing pride-of-place on one of the main thoroughfares in the Balmoral Show??s new home. It was inspired by Cookstown 10-year-old Cormac Peter Wardle who won a competition organised by show principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, to design a permanent feature themed on the agricultural industry and reflecting the show??s exciting move this year to its new site. Michelle interpreted the winning design into the sculpture.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Presseye Balmoral Show Balmoral Park 2013 Traffic congestion on the Halftown Road Lisburn.
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are 3 generations who have made the journey Gerri Stephens,Eilleen Stephens and Sara Stephens-Drea Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Charlie Shields and Oisin Rafferty with Ulster Banks mascot Henri. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Eric Smyth on Tully brook cruse Hill Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Jessica Burke Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. Rebecca Monaghan from Co. Clare with her horse Cougar Suprise waiting to go into the show
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. General View
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. Aimee Davis aged 13 tending to her Baby Calf, Aoibhe
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. A man competing with his cow in the Cow Showring
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. A woman showing off her cow in the Cow Showring
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. People petting the Goats in the Goat ring
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 Ashley Brown from Saintfield with her Donkey on The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 Francis Dunne a horse on The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets Eve McClurg and Zoe Ball and their horse 'Roz' at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets Eve McClurg and Zoe Ball and their horse 'Roz' at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets TV chef Jenny Bristow at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell meets children from Newtownards Model Primary School at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson serves food to members of the public at the Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Farmers prepare their sheep for show on the first day of the Balmoral show at its new site, the former Maze prison outside Lisburn in Co Antrim
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Alan Irwin from Fintona with his prized Chardiner Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 Ulsters Stephen Ferris pictured at the First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson meets Ray Burrows from the Ulster Aviation Society at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson serves food to members of the public at the Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Earl of Wessex at Balmoral Show Day 1 at the new Balmoral Park site on the former Maze prison site. HRH Prince Edward is pictured during a tour of the showgrounds. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Shane McFadden competes in the show jumping. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured is Shane Smullin from Carlo Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured Dennis Hefernon from Galway Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Kenneth and Todd Martin. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Alan Irwin from Fintona with his prized Chardiner Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are David Ingle ride judge on Bloomfield Millpond owned Daphne Tierney Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Greg Fruchtenicht from Ruffle Clothing prepares his stall. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Shirley Irwon and Irene Brown. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Greg Fruchtenicht from Ruffle Clothing prepares his stall. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The success of the Balmoral Show proves that the Maze is now open for business, according to the team behind the development of the former prison site.

“Balmoral at Maze Long Kesh is brilliant — that has been the feedback we have received so far,” said Terence Brannigan, chair of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation.

The show's move to the Maze has proved a major success, despite a rather shaky start with traffic gridlock at some hotspots, along with high winds and hailstones.

But by Thursday the traffic was settling down and the sunshine broke through, creating a festival atmosphere at the huge site, which is twice the size of the Balmoral Show's former home in south Belfast.

Colin McDonald, chief executive of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, said there had been concerns that the much bigger site could look somewhat empty if the visitor numbers weren't there. But by Thursday night the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation was having to open overflow car parks in addition to the 85 acres of car parking to accommodate the steady flow of visitors.

The larger site has been able to allow for a list of new livestock classes, a new home industries section, which was visited by the Earl of Wessex on Wednesday, and a funfair complete with Big Wheel.

Mr Brannigan (below) said: “While we recognise that there were some issues with traffic, particularly for people travelling from the west on Wednesday, by Thursday it is fair to say that the RUAS and its partner organisations had dealt with these.

“This is not a one-off — Maze Long Kesh is now open for business and following on from Balmoral, we have the Lisburn and Saintfield District Show in a couple of weeks.

“If you have not yet visited Maze Long Kesh, come and see how we intend to make our vision of peace to prosperity a reality, to change 347 acres of land into £300m investment and 5,000 jobs.”

RUAS said the show will lead the way for other developments on the site of the old Maze Prison.

“We believed the site was of regional significance and we are showing that it is. We set out to do that and we've done it,” Mr McDonald said.

“Our concern was that if we had a big site and didn't have the numbers it would look empty and wouldn't have the atmosphere of previous Balmoral Shows.

“We are so, so pleased that people have come and that they have voted with their feet, that this is a good location and the atmosphere has come with us because of that.”

Lessons were learned after the first day when motorists faced hours of gridlock as they tried to reach the site, he admitted.

Mr McDonald said the organisers had given livestock and trade stand exhibitors opportunities ahead of the show to test how access would be organised.

“We had to make sure that the traffic plan was well communicated. We also had to ensure that we had a good public transport solution in place,” he said. “RUAS invested a very considerable sum in putting on a bus shuttle from Lisburn station.”

Mr McDonald added that the show has been a major boost to the Lisburn economy, with accommodation booked solid for a 10-mile radius of the site.

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