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Thousands flock to Great Yorkshire Show

Crowds arrive for the Great Yorkshire Show Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Thousands of people are descending on Harrogate for the Great Yorkshire Show.

Over the next three days more than 120,000 people are expected to visit the annual agricultural spectacular, which is in its 158th year.

A cricket legend, TV stars and world record breakers will be among this year's star guests.

The Yorkshire Rows are displaying their boat today for the very first time since they became the oldest female crew to row across the Atlantic Ocean earlier this year.

For one day only, the public will be able to see first-hand where the four mums from Yorkshire spent 68 days rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.

Geoffrey Boycott will be a special guest on Tuesday, when the public will have chance to meet the legend who was a leading light in English cricket for a quarter of a century.

The winner of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub 2016 will also be announced

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Record-breaking Yorkshire Rows plan book charting their epic adventure

Two of the 'Yorkshire Rows', Helen Butters and Janette Benaddi Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Rows have told Calendar they are planning to bring out a book about their heroic trans-Atlantic journey.

The four mums became the oldest femal crew to row the Atlantic when they spent 68 days rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua earlier this year.

And they say they're already planning another epic endurance feat – but this time on land. The women were keeping tight-lipped about exactly what was in the pipeline but suggested it could involve a trek across the desert or the North Pole.

Government say they're investing record amounts in flood defences in response to critical MPs' report

The government have said they're investing record amounts in flood protection schemes in response to a report by MPs which claims its failing to protect communities.

The report by the Environmental Audit Comittee says the North East needs more reassurance from the government on future flood protection.

A spokesperson from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said:

“Our six-year capital investment programme for flood defences will bring an end to year-on-year fluctuations in spending so communities can have certainty in future funding.

“Our National Flood Resilience Review will be published shortly, delivering immediate actions to better protect communities ahead of this winter.

“This will be followed by our 25-year environment plan later this year setting out a new approach to managing our rivers across whole catchments, keeping homes, businesses and infrastructure safer from flooding.

“We continue to invest record amounts to protect the nation against the threat of flooding - £2.3bn in flood defences, with an extra £700m announced in the Budget, to better protect more than 300,000 properties.”

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