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Sun shines for first day of Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show kicks off this morning Photo:

In stark contrast to last year, the Great Yorkshire Show will get off to a sunny start this morning.

And what's more, England’s biggest agricultural show, in Harrogate, will enjoy three whole days of sunny skies.

Last year the event had to be cancelled on the second day after heavy rainfall made a quagmire of the car parks.

More than 130,000 visitors are expected to flock to the 155th show, which runs until Thursday at the 250-acre showground.

More than £500,000 has been spent ‘weather-proofing’ the site in readiness for this year’s showcase on rural life.

“What a difference a year makes. The contrast to last year could not be greater. The weather during the build up to the event has been ideal and we are looking forward to a fantastic three days."

– Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society

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

Highlights include 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.

Showjumping is also on the agenda with the prestigious Ripon Select Foods Cock O’ the North Trophy – the 2013 Grand National winner Auroras Encore and his famous trainers Harvey and Sue Smith will make a guest appearance on the final day.

The show is open daily from 7.30am to 7.30pm, and until 6.30pm on Thursday.

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