Lifetime Achievement Award for Great Yorkshire Show Director

There was a standing ovation for Bill Cowling, Honorary Show Director for the Great Yorkshire Show, when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at a business awards event.

Bill Cowling received the highest accolade at the awards in front of an audience of more than 400 people. The 2015 Great Yorkshire Show will be Bill’s last before he retires from the position which he has held for 10 years.

Bill Cowling

Bill Cowling

The Awards’ judges said Bill was recognised for building the show to be the premier agricultural show in England and he was a hugely respected and popular figure in the business world.

Bill’s association with the Show started in 1978 when he became a steward in the cattle section, before joining the cattle committee in 1982. He was elected as a Council Member in 1989 and took over as honorary show director in 2005.

On receiving the award at the Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards, Bill was very quick to praise the team he works with:
“I feel very privileged to have been given this award, but really I’m accepting it on behalf of the team. An enormous amount of effort goes into organising an event the size of the Great Yorkshire Show and I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement over the years.”

Bill has been associated with agriculture all of his life and still works on the family farm near Harrogate.


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