Giant cranes lift Great Yorkshire Show climbing poles

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HEADS were turned skywards at the Great Yorkshire Showground as two 93ft poles were craned into position in readiness for the summer’s farming showcase.

The new additions will be trimmed to create an 85ft climbing height and then used for against-the-clock climbing competitions at future Great Yorkshire Shows. They replace the existing poles which had come to the end of their useful lives.

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Dates for this year’s event are Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 July when around 135,000 visitors are expected to attend England’s premier agricultural show. Pole climbing competitions are staged over the three days, and see competitors from across the UK race against the clock in a bid to beat the world record. The Guinness Book of Records lists Australian Mark Bryden as establishing the record for climbing an 80ft pole in 9.61 seconds which he did in 2001.

The poles – created from 70 year old Douglas Fir trees - have been given by Dawnay Estates near Scarborough and travelled the 60 miles to the Harrogate-based showground on a low loader.