A livestock farmer that has volunteered at a county show for more than 40 years has been made this year's Honorary President.

Tom Hammett from Broadclyst has been volunteering at Devon County Show since 1965 and will this year preside over the Devon County Show.

Tom been a dedicated livestock farmer all his life, but he was also county chairman and trustee of young farmers in Devon for some 40 years, as well as a lay member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal until he retired from the role aged 70.

Today, Tom remains a trustee of the Devon Farmer’s Benevolent Fund.

He said: "Being Show President is a big step up from my first role which was as a livestock steward while I was still in my early twenties,

"It was when the show was still at Whipton, I was helping my father run the farm at that time and he’d only allow me one day off. But I absolutely loved it.

"It was the social event of the year for the agricultural community, and every farmer in the county that had a car attended."

A couple of years later, Tom was promoted to pedestrian gate. One year, this involved counting in 11,000 school children who attended, all regimented into pairs which he recalls as being quite some task.

In the mid 1990sTom became senior steward of car parks, gates and entrances and then progressed to chief steward - a role he held until 2019.

In 2022, in his role as Honorary President, Tom, along with wife, Sarah, will have a jam-packed three days, meeting and greeting, visiting all the sections, presenting prizes and hosting events.

He said: "These days, I can volunteer my time to the show more freely and be relaxed about it now that I’ve handed over the running of the farm to my son, Stephen.

"I’m so looking forward to the show, getting out and about on the showground, playing a role I love, promoting British farming and British food to the Devon community.

"Bring it on!"