A COUPLE from Ammanford have won the race to tie the knot at the Royal Welsh's 100th show in July.

Having received a huge number of very deserving nominations, the shortlisting process was no easy task.

Bethan Edwards and Arwel Edwards will tie the knot on the showground, during the first day of this year’s show.

Having known each other from the horse-showing circuit for many years, Bethan and Arwel began dating in 2015 and instantly became devoted to each other. With a shared passion for horses, chickens and their young families, the couple quickly became the perfect team, attending shows together with their three boys.

After the tragic loss of Arwel’s son, in 2016, the devastated family relied heavily on each other and the support and comfort offered by their ‘Royal Welsh family’ – a close network of lifelong friends, bought together with a common passion and respect for each other.

The couple began to rebuild their plans for the future, only to have to put them on hold when Arwel suffered a badly broken leg.

On a happier note, earlier this year saw the safe arrival of a new baby.

“it is often said amongthe exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Show, that returning to the showground year on year is like coming home. Such is the camaraderie between the competitors that the bonds made throughout the show-circuit often make for the very best of friends,” explains Harry Fetherstonthaugh, honorary show director.

“A marriage between those who have met at the show is not unusual, but a wedding on the showground during show week itself will be a first! We are all very much looking forward to helping to make Bethan and Arwel’s special day and wonderful and memorable as possible.”

Surrounded by an intimate group of friends and family, Bethan and Arwel will marry in the picturesque bandstand, right at the heart of the busy showground.

Following the ceremony, the couple will then enjoy a glass of chilled champagne while relaxing in the president's box of the main ring grandstand. After a few minutes watching the main ring attractions, the newlyweds will then join their guests for a wedding breakfast.