Great Yorkshire Show spends £500k to “weather-proof” annual event

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GreatYorkshireShowThe Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organiser of The Great Yorkshire Show, has promised to “weather-proof” the three-day event as much as it possibly can, as it prepares to launch ticket sales on Friday, March 1.

According to the organising team £500,000 has been set aside for measures aimed at ensuring that the Great Yorkshire Show does not fall victim to bad weather. Last year the agricultural show lost two days after unprecedented wet weather made much of the car parking un-useable. The event will take place from July 9-11 at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

Commented Nigel Pulling, chief executive: “We never want to be in that situation again, it was heartbreaking to have to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show, so we’ll be doing as much as we can to maintain what is the country’s finest farming showcase.

“Groundworks are already underway to put in extra roadways, drainage systems and hard standing around car park gateways. In addition, we are looking at acquiring a number of pieces of land to boost our car parking capacity. We obviously can’t control the weather but we will be doing our level best to make the show as ‘weatherproof’ as we can.”

Pulling said that applications for exhibition space are being processed and that more than 90 per cent of exhibitors have re-booked and that there is a waiting list of people that the sales and operations team is trying to accommodate.