FUW stalwart Meurig Voyle ‐ who was appointed county executive officer for Denbigh during 1966, and subsequently, during 1968, was given responsibility for the county of Flint ‐ has sadly passed away.

Responding to the news FUW president Glyn Roberts said: “The farming world has lost one of its biggest advocates and the FUW has lost a friend, a member of our farming family.

“He told me once that he married twice once his wife and then the FUW ‐ he was a character like no other. Meurig will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

Mr Voyle retired from the FUW during 1989 but maintained very close links with the union, and has diligently promoted the image of

the union by giving talks to a host of organisations on how and why the FUW was established.

93‐year‐old Mr Voyle was also a familiar figure greeting visitors to the FUW’s pavilion alongside the main ring at the Royal Welsh Show, a task he performed for 53 years in his capacity as caretaker of the union’s pavilion, and previously its marquee stand, at the show.

“Meurig attended almost every Royal Welsh Show since it moved to Builth Wells from 1963 up to 2017, except this year and when his wife was in hospital, which is another example of his great commitment to the FUW and agriculture.

“He is possibly the only person holding this very proud record. It certainly won’t be the same without him,” added Glyn Roberts.

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