October 24, 2014
WORK to create a 350-seat conference and entertainments venue has got underway on Driffield showground.
The Rix Pavilion – a partnership between Driffield Agricultural Society and family fuel company Rix Petroleum – underwent the tradition turf-cutting ceremony earlier this week.
Due to open in March next year, it will provide East Riding residents and community groups with a new facility to stage events, shows and theatrical performances, as well as attracting businesses to stage conferences in the town.
Driffield Agricultural Society Chairman, John Clancy, described the turf-cutting ceremony as a ‘historic moment’ for the society and the town.
He said: “The Rix Pavilion will provide a state-of-the-art venue to Driffield and brings greater options to this part of Yorkshire. It will have a positive impact for the agricultural society and the town itself, as we will be able to host business conferences and a whole range of new events, building upon our already successful events diary.
The turf-cutting ceremony was attended by representatives of the agricultural society, Beverley building contractors Tokenspire Construction Ltd which will be carrying out the work, Hull air conditioning company Airco, East Riding Archaeology and John Rix, Chairman of J.R. Rix & Sons Ltd.
Mr Rix said: “We have exhibited at Driffield Agricultural show for 67 years and have always had a good relationship with the society. The Rix Pavilion builds on that relationship and we are delighted to be able to support it.”