Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sun Shines for 2013 Great Yorkshire Show

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sun Shines for 2013 Great Yorkshire Show

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Byline: EVENT Aranda Rahbarkouhi? 0191 201 6136 ?

THE sun really shone on this year's annual Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate which attracted thousands of visitors.

Billed as England's premier agricultural show, the three-day event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, on Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday, attracted huge crowds who experienced all aspects of farming and country life.

The weather for the 155th Great Yorkshire Show was a far cry from last year's 'wettest summer on record' which resulted in the cancellation of the last two days of the 2012 show.

This year, more than PS500,000 was spent weather proofing the site in readiness for the rural life showcase.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: "What a difference a year makes. The contrast to last year could not be greater."

As well as 8,000 animals competing for the championship prizes, the prestigious showcase of agricultural and country life played host to well known celebrities including author Jilly Cooper, TV chef Rosemary Shrager and gardening expert Christine Walkden.

Highlights included a mock battle staged by The Yorkshire Regiment each day in the main ring, with displays by The White Helmets, The Royal Signals' Motor Cycle Display Team, taking place daily.

Top class show jumping and equestrian classes also took place with the prestigious Ripon Select Foods Cock O' the North Trophy - with the 2013 Grand National winner Auroras Encore and his famous trainers Harvey and Sue Smith making a guest appearance.

Well known high street fashion labels including Pure Collection and Hobbs showcased their collections in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion alongside up and coming designers from colleges across the region, while the extensive food hall, country pursuits area and hundreds of shopping stands proved a hit with visitors.

Visitors got to enjoy the food hall and music from a range of bands, including The Yorkshire Volunteers Band.

Other highlights were sheepshearing competitions and demonstrations of country skills - including dry stone walling, fly fishing and gundog training. …

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