Anglesey Show President 2022
Mona Tractor Co. Ltd
My first Anglesey Show was 1978 in the year I moved to the island, and I haven’t missed a show that’s been held in the 44 years since. Our family agricultural machinery business, Mona Tractor Co. Ltd, has exhibited here every year, bar one and this special event is always a highlight of the calendar.
Mona Tractor Co. Ltd has grown over the years, from our base in Llangefni, to cover the whole of North Wales with depots in Ruthin and Llanystumdwy. With nearly 50 staff, we sell, service and provide aftercare for our customers in agriculture, tourism and leisure with tractors and machinery from John Deere and other partners such as Yamaha, Kverneland, Vicon, Kramer and Volvo Utility.
My family feel very lucky to be a part of such a close-knit and hard-working agricultural community on Anglesey. My wife, Susan, and son, Huw, work within the business, and our daughter Teleri is pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, often reporting on rural issues. Agricultural shows are a big part of all our lives- especially Susan- who has represented Anglesey on the board of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for more than twenty years. As a family, we were particularly proud that her dedication to her community and other institutions was recognised when she served as High Sheriff of Gwynedd in 2019/20.
Having been a consort to my wife at that time, it was a great honour then to be invited to be the President of the Anglesey Agricultural Society for the 2020 show. But who could have anticipated that a global pandemic would mean the show would have to be postponed for two years, and I would still be in the role in 2022.
The Society was not spared when it came to the challenges of the pandemic. It has been a very difficult time for the Society, as it has been for the whole community. However, it has been extremely rewarding to witness the organisation emerging from the pandemic with a renewed vigour and strength of purpose. This Society would be nothing without its backbone of committed volunteers and seeing them coming forward and working together has been inspiring.
Working with the Society and its members over the last 3 years has been a great privilege and there have been some notable events which have been both fun and fascinating. One highlight was hosting the Australian High Commissioner George Brandis in February, giving the people of Anglesey the opportunity to question him and better understand the potential opportunities the future may hold for our industry. The 2021 Winter Fair was a hugely successful day which many said was the best ever. Our fundraising activities have been hugely varied and enjoyable, from sheep dog trials to camping weekends, dinners, and garden parties. We have sold raffle tickets, provided catering and bars at the showground and during the pandemic, we even started a walking club, which became a sociable and active lifeline in between lockdowns. This long list just shows the commitment and determination of the many volunteers who make this Society so special. However, it is this event, the Anglesey Show, that drives those volunteers to keep going and to ensure the survival of the Society, and it is an enormous pleasure to welcome those volunteers, members, exhibitors, stewards, sponsors and visitors back to Mona Showground for a magnificent two days showcasing the best of Anglesey.
Finally, may I on behalf of the Anglesey Agricultural Society who have offered me this privileged position, thank everyone for all their individual contributions and say a huge “THANK YOU”.
See you at the Show!