Homage to the well-known Peterborough show organizer, who knew the royal family
One of Peterborough's most successful and successful figures has died after a celebrated career in which he has become friends with the royal family and has organized some of the most important events in the city.
Roy Bird, who was known as a highly respected show organizer, died last Thursday in Peterborough City Hospital due to illness, leaving his wife of 71 years, Norma.
The 91-year-old from Paston oversaw the formation of the East of England Showground, but was best known as the Chief Executive of the East of England Agricultural Society and Secretary of the Shire Horse Society
The Agricultural Society annually organized the iconic East of England Show, which attracted 100,000 people at its peak, but ended in dwindling numbers in 2012.
The show was a key date been for generations of Peterborians and was often graced by royal visitors, including the queen.
The Shire Horse Society, where the Queen is the patron, also held her show on the showground, now called the East of England Arena and Event Center.
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"He was one of the most respected people – he was a showman, his oath of office was a melon," he said.
"He was always considered a true folk.
He was an excellent communicator and very, very well respected – I had several letters that said that He will be greatly missed."
Roy was the longest reigning member of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee, serving 50 years after an invitation from Lord Exeter and was presented by Princess Anne with a plate Burghley House ,
Roy knew the Royal Family, including the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Mother and Princess Anne, and was invited to Kensington Palace for the 100th birthday of Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester
Born in 1926 City Fenland of March, the former Quartermaster Sergeant, who served six years in the army and was based in the German city of Minden, had a varied and successful life.
Awarded an MBE in 1969, he was also chair of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society
The Shire Horse Society said: "The company is very saddened by the demise of our former secretary, Mr. Roy Bird MBE.  "Mr. Bird will be remembered with the utmost respect.
"Our sincere condolences go to his family at this time."
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
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