Behind the scenes at the Great Yorkshire Show

Report by Rachel Bullock

As the Great Yorkshire Show swung into action after one year's absence - ITV News Tyne Tees was on the ground to capture everything it has to offer.

The sell-out show opened on Tuesday, July 13, in Harrogate where 26,000 people are expected to descend each day until Friday.

Organisers have been working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Public Health and Harrogate Borough Council to ensure the event can go ahead safely.

This means it is running at reduced capacity and extended opening times - from 8am to 6pm - to allow for social distancing and to avoid overcrowding.

The sun was shining, the rain held off and visitors said they were happy simply to be able to attend an event like this after so living through a pandemic.

The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, reflected on the last 18 months and what the return of the Great Yorkshire Show means to her.

The Great Yorkshire Show 2021 in pictures:

ITV News Tyne Tees presenter Ian Payne shows off some of what the Great Yorkshire Show has to offer Credit: ITV TYNE TEES
Showgoers soak in the sun and atmosphere on the opening day of the Great Yorkshire Show Credit: ITV TYNE TEES
A behind the scenes snap of the ITV News Tyne Tees on the ground at Harrogate Credit: ITV TYNE TEES