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Royal visitors at this years Great Yorkshire Show

HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal will be a special guest at this years Great Yorkshire Show Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Great Yorkshire Show will be welcoming two Royal visitors this year.

HRH The Countess of Wessex and HRH The Princess Royal will attend the event in July.

More than 130 thousand visitors are expected at this years show in Harrogate.

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Great Yorkshire Show director's relief at successful event

The director of the Great Yorkshire Show has spoken of his relief at this year's event passing off so smoothly. Bill Cowling's team spent £500,000 installing a new drainage system at the Harrogate showground to stop a repeat of last year's rain cancellation.

He says this year the event has been a great success.


Full Report: Great Yorkshire Show draws to a close

Organisers of this year's Great Yorkshire Show have said the event has been a huge success.

Tens of thousands of people have visited the showground in Harrogate over the past three days.

One of today's highlights was a parade by this year's winner of the Grand National, Aurora's Encore, trained here in our region.

Watch the full report below.


Yorkshire Show organisers investigating cheating cases

Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show are investigating claims that cattle have been tampered with in order to enhance their appearance.

Bosses warned ahead of the event that tactics such as gluing extra hair onto animals and pumping up udders with liquid or gas would not be tolerated.

Former chief cattle steward and show director Bill Cowling said the practice was "despicable and heinous" and warned a screening system would be in operation.

He confirmed investigations were underway into two suspected cases after checks by the show's vets when animals were brought out of the ring.

"The owners have been informed, and any substances which may

contravene the Society's malpractice rules are being analysed.

"The animals continue to participate in the show."

– Bill Cowling, director of Great Yorkshire Show

Results will not be available before the end of the show and could take between two to three weeks.

The cattle classes are a hugely popular part of the show with major breeders coming from all over the country to compete - attracting around 1,000 cattle entries.

"If they were confirmed, those animals would be stripped of their awards and the exhibitors would be banned from the show.

"Any prize money would also be forfeited. We have been carrying out random testing for three years and these are the first two animals that need further investigation.

"We warned before the show that we would take any suspicions of tampering very seriously."

– Bill Cowling, director of Great Yorkshire Show
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