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Introducing the Great Yorkshire Tweed

09:42 22 March 2016

Yorkshire born and bred is discreetly inscribed under the collar

Yorkshire born and bred is discreetly inscribed under the collar

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Smarten up for this summer’s Great Yorkshire Show

Great Yorkshire Show director Charles Mills models the new Great Yorkshire Tweed jacketGreat Yorkshire Show director Charles Mills models the new Great Yorkshire Tweed jacket

A new Yorkshire tweed has been created to add a little more style to this summer’s Great Yorkshire Show. The tweed is in the green and gold colours of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the leading countryside event.

Show director Charles Mills provided a sneak preview, wearing the first of the jackets, which also has a matching scarf, to be made up in the exclusive cloth named the Great Yorkshire Tweed. ‘What could be finer than having our own tweed, though of course you don’t have to be born and bred in Yorkshire to wear it,’ said Charles. ‘And it will feature on the catwalk at the Great Yorkshire Show though I definitely won’t be doing the modeling,’ he added.

The idea came out of discussions with Keighley-based tailors Brook Taverner. Their high quality men’s clothing has been an integral part of the Great Yorkshire fashion shows for many years, and the company also supports the event as a sponsor. The cloth has been woven by Abraham Moon of Guiseley, West Yorkshire.

So far 300 men’s jackets with matching scarves have been made up in the cloth. The limited edition jackets can be ordered now but will not be available until June and will also be on show and available to buy at the agricultural show in July.

The white rose of Yorkshire is incorporated in the new Great Yorkshire Tweed jacketThe white rose of Yorkshire is incorporated in the new Great Yorkshire Tweed jacket

‘They are expected to be a huge hit, particularly given the quirky details which include “Yorkshire Born and Bred” woven under the collar, the county’s iconic white rose featuring in the jacket label and also on a lapel pin,’ said show spokeswoman Judy Thompson.

A new £10million food hall will also open at this year’s show which runs from July 12th-14th at the showground on the edge of Harrogate town centre. It will be the setting for the Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show, a food theatre and food show.

It will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show highlighting the best of British farming with top class livestock competing for coveted rosettes and the latest in agricultural technology, with more farming visitors than ever expected.

As well as the 8,000 livestock entries, features include a live robotic milking exhibition from Lely providing a unique opportunity to see how technology is changing the face of modern dairying. In addition the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is holding its Summer National Show with about 100 head of cattle expected.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show, has its emblem inside its specially commissioned Great Yorkshire Tweed jacketThe Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show, has its emblem inside its specially commissioned Great Yorkshire Tweed jacket

Other attractions include displays by the motorcycle display team, Bolddog Lings, as well as international show jumping, the Garden Show, Art Show, a new look to the Country Pursuits and Forestry Areas and more than 1,300 stands with everything from Jacuzzis to combine harvesters on display.

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at greatyorkshireshow.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline - 01423 541222 (Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm) with savings to be made by buying tickets in advance.

Tweed jackets can be ordered now through the YAS offices at the Great Yorkshire Showground Harrogate by calling 01423 541000, or through retailers Eric Spencer Ltd of Ilkley or Clarksons of York. Price £250. They will also be available at the Great Yorkshire Show from Eric Spencer’s stand near the President’s Lawn.

Scarves are available to buy now from Fodder, the YAS’s award-winning shop and café, as well as the two retailers, price £19.95.

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