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Prime Minister Theresa May visits Balmoral Show. Pic Darren Kidd Presseye

Prime Minister Theresa May visits Balmoral Show. Pic Darren Kidd Presseye

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 
 
 The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland.
She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday.

Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland. She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday. Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 
 
 The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland.
She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday.

Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire accompany the Prime Minister Theresa May on her visit to the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland. She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday. Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire accompany the Prime Minister Theresa May on her visit to the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 
 
 The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland.
She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday.

Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Lesley Martin and Dorothy Robb  with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland. She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday. Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Lesley Martin and Dorothy Robb with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. 
 
 The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland.
She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday.

Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Lesley Martin and Dorothy Robb  with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

13 May 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. The Prime Minister Theresa May is on a brief visit to Northern Ireland. She arrived at the Balmoral Show in Balmoral Park, near Lisburn in County Antrim on Saturday. Elizabeth Warden (Federation Chairman) Women's Institute and Lesley Martin and Dorothy Robb with the Prime Minister Theresa May at the Balmoral Show.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured meeting exhibitors at the Ulster Bank stand during a visit to Balmoral Show this afternoon. Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured meeting exhibitors at the Ulster Bank stand during a visit to Balmoral Show this afternoon. Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Winners of the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, including Daily Bake, Around Noon, Genesis Craft and Moy Park, are pictured with Fresh Foods Director Neal Kelly and Sales & Marketing Director Paddy Doody from Henderson Wholesale. The awards took place today (Friday 12 May) at Balmoral Show, rewarding the produce and practices of the food producers, farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham

Winners of the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, including Daily Bake, Around Noon, Genesis Craft and Moy Park, are pictured with Fresh Foods Director Neal Kelly and Sales & Marketing Director Paddy Doody from Henderson Wholesale. The awards took place today (Friday 12 May) at Balmoral Show, rewarding the produce and practices of the food producers, farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham

Winners and Highly Commended companies from the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, including Daily Bake, K&G McAtamney, Irwins Bakery, Genesis Crafty, Around Noon, Hovis, Milgro and Moy Park, are pictured with Sales & Marketing Director Paddy Doody and Fresh Foods Director Neal Kelly from Henderson Wholesale. The awards took place today (Friday 12 May) at Balmoral Show, rewarding the produce and practices of the food producers, farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham

Winners and Highly Commended companies from the Henderson Wholesale Local Supplier Awards, including Daily Bake, K&G McAtamney, Irwins Bakery, Genesis Crafty, Around Noon, Hovis, Milgro and Moy Park, are pictured with Sales & Marketing Director Paddy Doody and Fresh Foods Director Neal Kelly from Henderson Wholesale. The awards took place today (Friday 12 May) at Balmoral Show, rewarding the produce and practices of the food producers, farmers and growers in Northern Ireland. Photo by Simon Graham

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Cyril Millar, RUAS President. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured meeting exhibitors at the Ulster Bank stand during a visit to Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured meeting exhibitors at the Ulster Bank stand during a visit to Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show this afternoon. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show meeting exhibitors.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show meeting exhibitors. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Ross McEwan, centre, Chief Executive of the Ulster Bank parent brand RBS and Richard Donnan, Ulster BankÕs Head of Northern Ireland.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is pictured at Balmoral Show with Ross McEwan, centre, Chief Executive of the Ulster Bank parent brand RBS and Richard Donnan, Ulster BankÕs Head of Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Prime Minister Theresa May visits Balmoral Show. Pic Darren Kidd Presseye

The first Balmoral Show to run into the weekend has been "a dream success" insist organisers, with a decision already taken to hold a second four-day event next year.

Visitor numbers are yet to be confirmed, but Royal Ulster Agricultural Society boss Colin McDonald was confident that the 100,000 mark had been smashed for the first time in the show's 149-year history.

Mr McDonald told journalists that the show was now attracting more than double the number of visitors which the old site at the King's Hall in Belfast had brought in.

He said: "The Saturday attendance is better than we could have expected and it's clear we have got a new audience as well.

"The new audience is one that couldn't have come previously because the show wasn't open on Saturday.

"But it is now open and people have come."

Mr McDonald said that the show's first Saturday had "the same Balmoral buzz" that we have had on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"It's been a dream success," he added. "A lot of thanks are due to the exhibitors, because they have had to do a third extra work with only thanks from us.

"It's cost them money, it's cost them time and yet they've done it."

And he said: "We've already another four-day show booked for next year."

The show moved from the King's Hall in Belfast to the former site of the Maze prison in 2013.

Among the guests who attended the show this year were the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the DUP leader, Arlene Foster.

Mrs Foster, who grew up on a small farm in Co Fermanagh, said that for her the Balmoral Show was a combination of both work and leisure.

She said: "I've been cooking scallops, eating sausages and doing all sorts of things, so it's been wonderful.

"I always look forward to Balmoral.

"I had my son up with me on Wednesday, so we did the sheep and the cattle.

"It was lovely to see the Dexters and going around the stands and hearing how people are getting on with their businesses, which I am still interested in from my time as Enterprise Minister.

"The food end [of the show] has really come into its own - it's wonderful because people have an appreciation for what we're making here in Northern Ireland and selling across the world."

Plans are already under way for future shows.

"I'm not thinking about the Balmoral Show next year - I'm already planning Balmoral Show 2019," Mr McDonald added.

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