Regional manager Georgina Lamb happily did a lap of honour dressed as Batman after discovering that the charity’s stand had been selected as best overall at the Royal Cheshire Show.
Georgina was praised for her ‘passion and tenacity’ by the judges, who gave R.A.B.I the prize for ‘best agricultural stand’ before naming it best overall out of seven categories.
Georgina, who represents R.A.B.I in the North West, said: “I have been working my way up to this over the past three years since the show society kindly offered us a large corner plot, which has benefited the charity enormously.”
The main attraction on the stand was a replica ‘Only Fools and Horses’ three –wheeled Robin Reliant, bearing the words ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co, New York…Paris…Wigan’. Many people happily posed for photos and selfies in the car, including NFU President Minette Batters.
Lancashire NFU chairman Olly Harrison is the proud owner of the car and kindly loaned it to members of the Barclays agriculture team and R.A.B.I match funders Dave Williams and Steve Lowery, who drove it 30-miles from Olly’s farm in Prescot to Knutsford so it could take pride of place at R.A.B.I’s stand at the Royal Cheshire Show.
Georgina added: “They reached a top speed of 54mph crossing the Runcorn Bridge and headed very gingerly onto the M56, much to the delight of other road users.”
The volunteers and Georgina were happy to don Batman and Robin costumes in reference to the famous 1996 Only Fools and Horses Christmas special; where Del Boy and Rodney dress up as the ‘caped crusaders’ for a fancy dress party, but have to run through the streets of Peckham on foot when their infamous van breaks down.
Georgina added: “The judges were impressed with the huge efforts to decorate the trade stand, the work of the organisation and the way the message was delivered.”
TOP: Steve Lowery, Olly Harrison and Dave Williams. INSET: Georgina with Olly.