Perfect weather for the annual "Springtime live" in Harrogate made it a day to remember.
Hundreds of families flocked to the show grounds to enjoy the fun packed day as Sarah Clark reports:
Visitors have arrived at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate for this year's edition of the Springtime Live event.
Throughout the day there is entertainment and animal shows, as well as children's workshops and activities.
Household Cavalry drum horse Mercury will be leading the parade as part of the celebrations at this weekend's Shire Horse Society National Show.
The event is the largest gathering of Shires in the world.
Owners and visitors have travelled from across Europe to attend the show, which is believed to be one of the oldest, almost continuous, horse shows in the world. It was held for the first time at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London, in 1880, when the charity was named the English Cart Horse Society.
The iconic breed was in danger of dying out just a few decades ago, and even now fewer than 500 new foals are registered every year by the Shire Horse Society.
The charity has been running a Save Our Shires campaign to raise awareness about these gentle giants and numbers have steadily increased, thanks to the dedication of a band of enthusiasts.
More than 150 lambs were born today at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. Over 8000 people visited the campus to witness the first tentative steps of the newborn lambs. The lambing day event, now in its 60th year, gave members of the public the chance to experience live lambing first-hand and offered everyone who visited the chance to pet, play and feed the new born lambs.
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Tickets for this year's Great Yorkshire Show go on sale from half ten this morning.
It is the 157th edition of the famous agricultural show and will be held from 14 to 16 July.
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A game farmer from Cropton in North Yorkshire has been found guilty of permitting the use of a pole trap on his farm and fined £4000 by Scarborough Magistrates.
Michael Wood, who is 68, was also ordered to pay £750 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following the use of covert surveillance by RSPB Investigations Unit staff.
Two members of Mr Wood’s staff had previously been cautioned by North Yorkshire Police for the use of five pole traps on the farm.
Magistrates ruled it was “inconceivable” that Mr Wood would not have seen one of the pole traps being used by his staff. Westfield Farm rears pheasants and partridges for the game shooting industry.
Pole traps are a method of trapping birds that was outlawed over a hundred years ago. They consist of a steel trap placed on top of a pole that crushes the legs of any wild bird that land on them.
RSPB Investigations Officer, Howard Jones, said: “It is time that these cruel traps were consigned to the history books, but as long as they are being used we will continue to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."
A grieving fiancee is searching for answers over how her husband-to-be died.
The couple had just started planning their wedding - when Brett had a motorbike crash on a rural road in North Yorkshire, just a few weeks before Christmas. Surgerons at Leeds General Infirmary were unable to save him.
He was everything to me. For seven years we've barely spent a day apart and now I'm never going to see him again.
Rebecca Gregory returned to the scene to speak about Brett's death in the hope someone can provide answers:
Pam Rothwell breeds sheep in Scotton, near Knaresborough and this is her first lamb of the year. She's going to call it Valentine as it has been born with a natural heart in its wool.