We'll all flock to Balmoral Show at Maze
The old poultry hall has been demolished, the UFU office is home to a playgroup and the grandstand at the showjumping arena has vanished.
But at the King's Hall in south Belfast yesterday, all eyes were firmly focused on the new Maze site where the Balmoral Show will be held in eight weeks' time.
As young farmers staged a tug-of-war, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society boss Colin McDonald predicted fine weather for Ireland's biggest show this May.
He promised a packed programme with the 65-acre Balmoral Park providing enough space for an expanded offering.
"This is an exciting time for the RUAS. The move to Balmoral Park marks a significant new chapter in the society's 159-year history," he said.
"It is the first show held outside Belfast, and we have worked hard to produce an event that provides a fitting celebration of this major milestone. We are using every corner of our fantastic new 65-acre site to maximum effect, and providing a packed programme."
The Balmoral Show takes place at Balmoral Park at the Maze, Co Down, from May 15-17. For more, visit www.balmoralshow. co.uk.