RHASS urges members to register for EU referendum postal vote

Crowds at last year's Royal Highland Show
Crowds at last year's Royal Highland Show

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is calling on its members to register for a postal vote in the EU referendum, which falls on the first day of its flagship event The Royal Highland Show (23rd June).

More than 50,000 people are expected to flock to Ingliston on voting day and, with many exhibitors staying over on site, the society is urging those who can’t make it to their local polling station to register now for a postal vote and avoid losing out on the opportunity to have their say.

“The Royal Highland Show is the most important four days in the country’s calendar and even a EU referendum won’t keep showgowers away. However, it is a key vote, especially for those in the agricultural industry, and we would urge visitors who can’t vote in person to register to do it by post. That way they can come and enjoy the Show as usual.”

Willie Gill, Chairman, RHASS

Commenting on the date clash, RHASS chairman Willie Gill said: “The Royal Highland Show is the most important four days in the country’s calendar and even a EU referendum won’t keep showgowers away. However, it is a key vote, especially for those in the agricultural industry, and we would urge visitors who can’t vote in person to register to do it by post. That way they can come and enjoy the Show as usual.”

The 176th Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life, runs from 23rd - 26th June 2016.

Register for a postal vote in England, Scotland or Wales https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting.

Register for a postal vote in Northern Ireland http://www.eoni.org.uk/Vote/Voting-by-post-or-proxy.

For more on the Highland Show click on: www.royalhighlandshow.org.