Gallery: GYS highlights as stalwarts honoured

THEY HAVE supported and acted as stewards at the Great Yorkshire Show for generations.

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And this year, their enduring service was honoured in the shape Yorkshire Agricultural Society Awards.

They were presented by society president-elect, Sarah York, who praised their “professionalism in ensuring the high standards” of the Great Yorkshire Show.

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Those awarded were:

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David Ambler, of Doncaster, who has been a collecting ring steward since 1992 and is a well-known and respected showjumping judge.

Tony Barker, of Bilbrough near York, a long-serving collecting ring steward who has worked at the show since 1978. The stock of the well-known Yorkshire showjumping family, including acclaimed rider Paul Barker of Northallerton his award recognised his contribution to the show.

Professor Dianna Bowles, of Middlesmoor near Pateley Bridge and a council member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. She has been on the Grants 
and Education Committee since 1998.

Maurice Cook, from near Darlington, a steward in the milking parlour since 1995.

Philip Inman, of Tunstall near Richmond who as served as a Horse Box steward since 1994.

Mark Jackson, of Sherrif Hutton near York, who has been a cattle foreman for 42 years at the show.

Mike Keeble, of East Witton near Leyburn, and a commentator in the beef cattle ring for more than 40 years whose voice has become synonymous with the show.

Chris McGrann, of Boston Spa near Wetherby, an equine steward since 2005.