It was a double celebration for this year's Suffolk Show president on the first day of the event at Trinity Park.

Rt Rev Martin Seeley is Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich - and celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday.

He was installed as bishop in 2015, and will be retiring next year after 10 years, and Bishop Martin says the Suffolk Show has always been a highlight for him to savour and remember.

East Anglian Daily Times: Bishop Martin with a 1944 US army truckBishop Martin with a 1944 US army truck (Image: Paul Geater)

Among the highlights of his first day was visiting the Normandy 80 display - which commemorates "The Longest Day" with the start of the invasion of France - a campaign crucial to the end of the Second World War.

It features a number of historic vehicles and even a Spitfire fighter like those which supported the troops on D-Day.

The stand also hosted a number of military history enthusiasts dressed in 1940s fashion.

They will be taking part in the Grand Parade around the main ring towards the end of Thursday afternoon.

Bishop Martin said: “My first Suffolk Show was in 2015, just a couple of weeks after I began in post.  

“It is a brilliant introduction to our county, and to farming which is so vital for our nation. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Suffolk Show President 2024 Rt Rev Martin Seeley.Suffolk Show President 2024 Rt Rev Martin Seeley. (Image: Charlotte Bond)

“The show celebrates all those people who work so hard in providing food on our plates and showcases the best of Suffolk. 

‘‘It has not been easy for farmers, coming through the demands of the pandemic, the challenges of the weather and climate change, and the financial uncertainties. We owe our farmers a great deal. 

‘‘I am very keen to encourage young people to consider farming, to take up the challenge and play their part in ensuring this fine agricultural tradition continues in our beloved county.

‘‘Farming has so many opportunities for youngsters to be involved in and the diversity is on show during these two days.

‘‘I was honoured when the Suffolk Agricultural Association looked outside of the agricultural sector and elected me President – and I want to repay their trust by continuing to support our farmers throughout my year as President.” said Bishop Martin.

He has helped organize for 50 young people who wouldn’t normally visit the show to attend free of charge and introduce them to agriculture as a possible career.

Bishop Martin added: ‘‘The Suffolk Show dates back to 1832 and celebrates the rich heritage, culture, and industry of Suffolk, becoming a beloved tradition and a highlight on the county's calendar. 

‘‘The show offers a diverse range of attractions and activities so there's never a dull moment at the show with something for everyone.’’