A Great Yorkshire Show
PUBLISHED: 10:39 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:11 20 February 2013
Photographer Andy Bulmer likes nothing more than wandering around one of the most successful county shows in the country. Here he captures perfectly the atmosphere of the three day event held in Harrogate
Organisers celebrated another successful Great Yorkshire Show recording one of the highest attendance figures in its history. A total of 130,731 visitors passed through the gates for the annual showcase of farming and country life organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. The 2008 attendance figure was 126,376 and the record stands at 135,111 established in 2006.
Honorary show director Bill Cowling said: 'We are absolutely delighted with the figures and for the wonderful support we've received from both our exhibitors and visitors.
'Our aim is to present an event which not only gives the farming industry a platform for its customers, but a super day out for all. The attendance figures and our record entries are a testament to that commitment.
'Farming continues to be a roller coaster industry but it's vital that we celebrate what is best about British agriculture and rural life and that is what the Great Yorkshire Show is all about. We have already begun the planning next year's show.'
The Main Ring was the setting for the traditional handover ceremony for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's new president when Michael Bannister handed over the crook of office to his successor, Richard Elmhirst of Worsbrough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Sir Ken Morrison, honorary president of Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Bradford, becomes president-elect for 2010-2011.
Among the many attractions at the show were thousands of cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, the 68ft Clipper yacht, Hull and Humber, miles of shopping at the hundreds of stands, and superb cookery demonstrations by television's Taste the Nation winner, Rosemary Shrager and Yorkshire Life food and wine consultant Annie Stirk.