Great Yorkshire Show in 34 unseen photos - How God's own county has celebrated through the years

All eyes are on God's own county as Yorkshire prepares to showcase the best of British farming, food and the countryside.


The iconic Great Yorkshire Show is one of the biggest agricultural events in the English calendar. Every year, more than 130,000 visitors and over 8,500 animals converge on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate to compete, socialise and celebrate. Now in its 161st year the Show has provided countless memories many of which are showcased in these unseen photos from across the decades. MORE GYS STORIES: Opening times, exhibitors, tickets and how to get there | Shuttle bus, trains, parking and travel disruption

A team of huge Charolais cattle parades for judging in one of the beef classes.

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It's a thirsty business, this farming lark - but there's time for a cuppa.
Ian Grisedale seems to be giving his Herdwick Shearling sheep a good beating but he's actually preparing its coat for the show as wife Vicky gives a helping hand.
Sheep shearing.
The Princess Royal toured the 250 acre showground, partly on an electric buggy to save her weary feet.
A parade in the main ring.
A pair of mares provide colour in the heavy horse turnout.
Members of St James's Scout and Guide Band from Bradford making music.
A show of skill in the four-in-hand coach class.
Parade of prize-winning cattle in the main ring.
An aerial view taken from a hot air balloon at an altitude of 800ft.
Sisters Alisa and Fiona Newton with Knaresborough Welcome, a Cleveland Bay mare.
Feeding the 23,000 - strawberries by the crateful roll up for hungry show visitors.
The Duke of Gloucester touring the showground.
John Greensit, of Nostell Priory Rose Garden, inner of the rose section fror the 11th year running.
No kidding... Anthony Allsop and his wife Jean with their children Edward, 14 and David, 10, with goats from Montgomery Powys, in mid Wales.
Three staff from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society join the celebrations in period costume from 1837. They are, from left, Sarah Cornforth, Katie Norfolk and Debra Lucas.
This cow with a difference proved a big pull among the crowds. Daisy the cardboard cow was one of the top attractions at the Young Farmers enclosure.
On the hoof - Jerseys on parade, led by champion cow Timaru Golden Jess and owner Sue Heath.
Showjumping action in the main ring.
An aerial view of the showground.
Robert Hampstead, three, takes a close hoot at this owl made out of wood on the forestry display.
Catlle make their way to the main ring for the Grand Parade.
Agricultural machinery on display.
Emma Pepper, seven, pictured with her mum's North Country Cheviot ewe and lamb helping to prepare the sheep for judging.
No caption but what a great photo.
Blackpool youngster David Parsons makes friends with 'Jimmy'.
Bill and Ben from Lotherton Hall in Leeds are prepared for the parade of heavy horse turnouts.
Siobahn Fawcett, 20, is sitting pretty in this 1923 Scania Fire Engine which is from a museum in Sweden.
A view inside the flower hall.
Thomas Toolan pitches in with the hay on his toy tractor. Granddad Edwards is a shepherd.
David Benson, secretary of the British Charolais Cattle Socidety, presents Chris Graves, secretary of the Galloway Cattle Society, with a bottle of champagne.
Mary Crofts with a blonde Aquitaine cow, Billingford Betty, and calf Billingford D'artagnan, taking some exercise.
The show was held at York and the attendance that year was 70,578.