A pavilion of which Driffield can be proud

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Contractors and Driffield Agricultural Society staff are working flat out this week in a bid to put the finishing touches to a lavish new pavilion on the showground at Kelleythorpe.

The Countess of Wessex is due to fly in next week to perform an official opening ceremony for the £400,000 facility.

Work on the new build at Driffield Show Ground almost complete.'NDTP PA1512-6k'Meet the Team

Work on the new build at Driffield Show Ground almost complete.'NDTP PA1512-6k'Meet the Team

In a matter of months, a former farmers’ market building on the site has been extended and redeveloped to create a brand new pavilion which can be adapted for a variety of uses from dinner dances to concerts and conferences.

David Tite, Chief Executive of Driffield Agricultural Society, said: “We have turned a rude farm shed into a purpose built events centre at a cost of just under £400,000.

!We started two years ago planning this facility, looking at all the possibilities, and then we had a year to fund raise.”

Construction started on October 20 last year and was completed this week, with just the finishing touches to apply over the next few days.

Mr Tite said: “It has been a very quick turn around.

“Anyone who stood on site eight weeks ago would have been looking at a building with no skin on it and bare soil everywhere.”

“Now we have a main hall that can seat 350 for a dinner and dance - and in excess of 700 people for theatre style events.

“We can also start attracting people not only for weekend events but also for weekday meetings and conferences.”

The pavilion boasts a foyer with two ticket offices to speed entry during busy times, its own state of the art heating system, a top of the range kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a bespoke toilet block with stand-alone disabled facilities.

The main contractors were local company Tokenspire, whose staff have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that the pavilion was completed on time.

Mr Tite said the agricultural society also owed a debt of gratitude to a wide range of sponsors, including Rix, the Horace Taylor Trust, the NFU, the Humber LEP, Ashcourt who provided a bespoke roadway to the pavilion, Jewsons, Crown paints in Driffield, special coating suppliers Pittaway and Flair.