Many people were instrumental in the growth of the Peterborough Agricultural Society from its foundation in 1797, and everyone involved would surely have been very proud of its successor, the East of England Agricultural Society - by this date , one of the most prestigious in the country. The public face of both was the Peterborough Show, which itself went through many turbulent times before flowering again as the East of England Show. For a great many twentieth-century Peterborians, and the communities around the city, Robert Bibby was the Peterborough Show. From 1921 until his sudden death in 1957 he was, without doubt, the man that made the difference. Following his death, an appeal fund for a memorial to him was set up. It raised over £1,200. On this day, one year after his death, Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester - whose husband the Duke of Gloucester had three times been President of the Agricultural Society - unveiled the Robert Bibby Memorial Clock at the entrance to the Peterborough Eastfield Showground. It has since followed the subtly changing show - proudly telling the time and overseeing the activities - just as Robert would have done. (Liquorice, Mary, Posh Folk: Notable Personalities (and a Donkey) Associated with Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Libraries, 1991; Peterborough Memories, available at uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/peterborough_memories/info)
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.