Extra funds to protect Great Yorkshire from bad weather

Another £100,000 has been spent to protect the Great Yorkshire showground from the affects of bad weather ahead of the annual showpiece next month.

Crowds outside the Food Hall at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Preparations are well underway for the country’s premier agricultural show at its Harrogate home on July 8-10, with two Royal visitors confirmed - the Countess of Wessex on the Tuesday and Princess Anne on the Wednesay - and work which was started after the washout of 2012, when the show had to be cancelled after the first day because of torrential rainfall, has continued this spring.

Organisers at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society invested £500,000 on new roads and extended drainage at the 250-acre site last year to help avoid a repeat of 2012’s quagmire conditions, and further improvements have been made over the last 12 months at an additional cost of £100,000.

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Nigel Pulling, the Society’s chief executive, said: “We have the most modern showground in the country and the Great Yorkshire is our flagship event so we need to keep investing in the site.

“Last year we put in a temporary road bridge to provide a link to the carparks, this year, in addition, we will have a footbridge, all of which should make it a bit easier for our visitors.”

More than 8,000 animals will be displayed at the Great Yorkshire Show and over 135,000 visitors are expected. Advance tickets are available to buy now.