Suffolk Show: Prince Harry awards Saxmundham Primary School farming prize

Prince Harry talking to some of the guests at the Farming Discovery Zone Prince Harry talking to some of the guests at the Farming Discovery Zone

Thursday, May 29, 2014
1:51 PM

Prince Harry wowed the Suffolk Show when he awarded children from Saxmundham Primary School the Suffolk Farming School of the Year prize.

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His Royal Highness made the award after the judges, including the East Anglian Daily Times’ editor Terry Hunt, chose the school from the final three entries.

Children from the primary schools performed short presentations highlighting what they had learnt during the project, organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

Sandy Rowe, a teaching assistant at Saxmundham, said: “It was very exciting to have won. He (Prince Harry) wanted to know what we had done towards the project and how we had learnt about farming. It was a once In a life time opportunity to meet him

It was really good that he talked to all the children and took his time and found out about the effort that they have put in for the competition.”

Emma Haines, 29, is director of Cook With Me Kids, a not-for-profit organisation which ran workshops for children to learn about food.

She said: “He asked the children what they knew about the ingredients and what they had learnt about cookery. It was fantastic, it was all very secret that he was coming.

“The children were very star-struck, he was down to earth when he was with them, he was a complete natural – he was straight in there.”

Stanton and Orford primary schools were chosen for the finals but missed out on the top prize.

Simon Goaman’s children Poppy, nine and Lulu, seven, were with their mother Lucy taking part in a pizza making workshop when Harry spoke to them.

“I never thought this would happen – not at all,” he said. “It’s been a lovely day, a great show.”

Prince Harry spoke with dignitaries from Suffolk, including Lord Tollemache, chief constable Douglas Paxton and Show director Bill Baker.

Bruce Kerr, is senior steward for the Farming Discovery Zone, the venue for the awards ceremony.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic. It’s a new venture for us and we are really excited by it. Year one of the discovery zone was great and this year has been super as well. The standard of entries from the schools has been unbelievable.”

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