Northern Ireland

Balmoral Show begins at Maze Prison site near Lisburn

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Media captionTens of thousands of people are expected to attend the agricultural and food show

The first day of the Balmoral Show, being held at the old Maze Prison site near Lisburn, County Antrim, has ended.

Thousands of people attended the agricultural and food show, with more expected over the next two days.

Princess Anne, who is visiting Northern Ireland, spent the morning talking to exhibitors at the show.

Many this year have been preparing for months for some of the most hotly contested events such as sheep shearing competitions and livestock displays.

Last year, there was major traffic disruption, and arrangements are in place to cope with the extra traffic.

Ciaran Rogan of Translink said: "As with last year, we are running a free shuttle bus from Lisburn Railway Station directly to the show.

Image caption Princess Anne attended the Balmoral Show during her visit to Northern Ireland

"Our advice is to leave the car at home and avoid peak hours if you can, but rest assured, we will get people to and from the show."

The shuttle bus runs between 08:30 BST and 21:00 BST.

Last year's show was the first time in more than a century that it had been held outside Belfast, having been staged for many years at the King's Hall.

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