Heavy showers and ankle-deep mud didn't stop society ladies dressing to the nines for ladies day at the showground last year.

Some opted to accessorise their glamorous outfits with a pair of wellies while others negotiated their way to the pavilion in fancy heels.

The President's wife, Jean Lewis, has told the Western Telegraph how she hopes everyone will make the same effort this year to keep up the tradition, which was created five years ago by the first lady president of the County show, Shirley Johns.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Mrs Lewis.

"It was raining awfully last year and the Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir had to come inside to perform, but it was wonderful that everyone still made the effort.

Ladies at the reception will this year be entertained by harpist Georgina Evans (nee Cornock), formerly of Fishguard.

The event- the Agricultural Society's answer to ladies day at Ascot- provides an opportunity for the ladies to relax, enjoy a strawberry and champagne reception, and to briefly step back in time to the days when everybody dressed in their best for the show.

John Lewis once again sponsors the sophisticated gathering, on the Wednesday morning of the show.

"I've chosen my outfit," said Mrs Lewis.

"I was going to wear a fascinator but I was persuaded to get a hat. As President's wife I have to set an example," she laughed.

"I'm looking forward to welcoming everyone and acknowledging the enormous support that people have shown."