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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 07:00 on Friday
  2. Live updates on Thursday 14 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live service for today and of this year's Great Yorkshire Show. 

We'll be back from 07:00 on Friday with news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you with round-up of images from the last three days in Harrogate.

Great Yorkshire Show 2016

BreakingIdentity ban of man ordered to tell police before he has sex is lifted

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Away from the Great Yorkshire Show, a judge has said that a York man who has to tell police 24 hours before he's going to have sex with a new partner, can be named.

45-year-old John O'Neil was cleared of a rape charge last year but is the subject of an interim sexual risk order.

He complains that the order "puts an end to your life" and accused the police of "sour grapes".

John O'Neil

Watch: Great Yorkshire Show cookery demo

It's been all about the food today at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Now, here at BBC York, we know that Georgey Spanswick and Adam Tomlinson fancy themselves in the kitchen. 

So today it was time to see if that confidence in their own cooking skills is merited?

Who knew they were so competitive?

Traffic and travel: One-way system in operation around Great Yorkshire Show

BBC Travel

Good news on the roads front. It doesn't look as though we're going to have a repeat of the problems that many people struggled with on the first day of the show.

If you were caught up in them on Tuesday, you may be interested to know that there were 1,000 more cars at the Showground on that day compared to the corresponding day last year. No wonder there were hold-ups.

Anyway, onto the here and now. Just remember that there is a one-way system in operation on the A661 between Rudding Lane and the Kestrel roundabout and you cannot enter Harrogate on this road tonight.  


The same one-way system is also in operation on the A658 between the Kestrel roundabout and the B6163. At the moment, it all means that traffic is moving, but just a bit slower than normal.

Watch: The BBC York bushtucker trial

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Earlier we showed you that pic of chef Rosemary Shrager with Adam and Anna.

Well I hope if we invite her back next year, she doesn't think twice after this happened before she left the stage...

They may be good for you, but I won't be trying one anytime soon!  

Watch: Great Yorkshire Show - an afternoon on the Presidents Lawn

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

You don't often get time to watch the world go by, so we've done it for you with this time lapse video sent to us from BBC Radio York's position on the President's Lawn.

Great Yorkshire Show: Your BBC team at the Showground

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Paul Hudson....the only man that can be in more than one place at a time!

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Great Yorkshire Show: Picture perfect gardens

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

One of the things that the Great Yorkshire Show is famous for is its fantastic displays in the gardening tents.

That's where BBC Radio York's experts have been answering your questions over the last three days.

Now, whatever advice they gave out, I bet you couldn't grow your carrots and flowers as perfectly as these!

Carrots and flowers

Sport: Lyth gets double-hundred to set up match against Surrey

BBC Sport

Yorkshire have claimed maximum batting bonus points on the final day of their County Championship match against Surrey at the Oval.

The star of the show has been Whitby's Adam Lyth who made 202 in a Yorkshire total of 407 all out.

Adam Lyth

So all that remains now is to see whether the Tykes can force a result by bowling out the hosts cheaply in their second innings this afternoon.

They start 140 runs behind.

Come on Yorkshire!

Great Yorkshire Show: Perfect weather for the final day

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

How nice of the guys down at the Showground to send me this pic of people relaxing on the President's Lawn while I'm stuck in the office!

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Flooded York micro-brewery cleans up in time to hold its own beer festival

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Some reporters get sent to really difficult assignments: brain stretching, emotionally-challenging jobs - then there's BBC Radio York's Jim Addyman.

Today he had the onorous task of reporting on a new micro-brewery in York's Walmgate. 

York brewery

Brew York didn't get off to a good start. They launched at the end of last year - and were promptly swamped by the Christmas floods. 

However, they've battled back, cleaned up, and today they launch their first beer festival which runs throughout the weekend and features live music.

As you can see from the picture below Brew York is situated next to the River Foss.

But Wayne Smith told Jim they were surprised to have been flooded, because they thought the Foss Barrier, which failed at Christmas, would protect them.  

View from Brew York
Brew York

It was a big appeal to us being next to the river so we could have a beer garden and we were aware of the potential danger, but like other businesses we thought the barrier would protect us. Now we've build a flood protection wall in the brewery"

Wayne SmithBrew York

Georgey eats cake shocker!

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

She's been at it again. That Georgey Spanswick's never happier than when she has cake. 

Maybe this is the start of her audition for the next series of the Great British Bake Off? 

Not sure if the bosses at BBC Radio York would give her the time off to take part though.

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Great Yorkshire Show: Cattle-tampering exhibitor disqualified

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

More now on a story we brought you earlier this morning.

A dairy cattle exhibitor has been disqualified from the Great Yorkshire Show after an animal was tampered with.

Getty Images

Organisers of the Show, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, have confirmed a "substance" was used on the cow's udders, contravening rules.

Sport: A good morning for Yorkshire against Surrey

BBC Sport

It's lunch on the final day of Yorkshire's County Championship match against Surrey at the Oval and what a morning it's been for Whitby's Adam Lyth.

The opener's currently 173 not-out in a Tykes total of 330-6. That's a lead of 63 runs.

Adam Lyth
Rex Features

The plan for this afternoon is for Yorkshire to make as many runs as quickly as possible and then try to force a win by bowling out the hosts cheaply in their second innings. 

To find out if they can do it, you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary here.

Watch: 'Weather's rubbish, but it's Yorkshire'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Mark Grimes usually teaches bushcraft in Scarborough, but at the Great Yorkshire Show he's being instructed in the arts of the blacksmith by Les Armstrong.

Les is judging the blacksmiths for the third year in a row at the show.

At one point he comments succinctly, "weather's rubbish, but it's Yorkshire int it"  

Listen: Chef on the beauty of pigs...dead and alive!

Earlier we told you that Antony Worrall Thompson had been spotted on the Showground in Harrogate.

Well after a bit of investigating, we've learnt the chef is the Patron of the Middle White Pig Breeders' Association.

Our farming reporter Gareth Barlow has caught up with him.

Dare I say it, but they eat beautifully"

Antony Worrall ThompsonChef

Travel: Delays on East Coast mainline

BBC Travel

We've got some frustrating news for you if you're heading north on the trains this afternoon.

The departure boards at York station are currently showing big delays on services heading out of York towards Scotland.


No indication at the moment when services will get back to normal.  

North Yorkshire Police support 'Dead Slow' campaign at show

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

A horse rider road safety campaign led by the British Horse Society is being supported by North Yorkshire Police at the Great Yorkshire Show.  

The joint initiative follows the launch of the society's Dead Slow campaign, a response to the "alarming number of horse incidents."

Police at GYS
North Yorkshire Police

Since the campaign launched five years ago there have been more than 2,000 reports of road incidents involving horses across the UK. Of these, 36 caused the death of the rider, and 181 resulted in the horses dying from their injuries or being put to sleep.  

The Dead Slow campaign urges drivers to slow down to 15mph when they meet a horse and rider on the road.

At the show today North Yorkshire Police are displaying Dead Slow banners and talking to members of the public about the campaign.

As well as collisions, there are a lot of near-misses which leave horse and rider terrified to ride on the roads again. This needs to stop – horses and riders should be able to ride on North Yorkshire’s roads and feel safe."

PC Hannah McPeakeNorth Yorkshire Police Rural Taskforce

Show cook-off: Georgey might win 'just like that'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

There's a cook-off in front of a crowd going on at the Great Yorkshire Show right now.

BBC Radio York's Georgey Spanswick seems to be invoking the spirit of Tommy Cooper and preparing food "just like that" as Adam Tomlinson grapples manfully with a slice of bread.

Cook-off at the GYS

In the pic above both look at ease and it could be anybody's race, but look at this picture of Adam below and you get the feeling nerves might be his downfall.

A nervous Adam Tomlinson

Hot to trott(er) - Celeb chef knows his oinkions

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

You never really know who you're going to bump into at the Great Yorkshire Show. 

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson is at the Showground today but looking at this pic he seems to have left his kitchen whites at home.

In fact, I'm reliably informed that's he there to help judge one of the pig categories.

Antony Worrall Thompson

Sport: Can Yorkshire force victory against Surrey?

BBC Sport

It's the final day of Yorkshire's county championship match against Surrey today.

After rain decimated the opening two days, an unbeaten century from Whitby's Adam Lyth means Yorkshire have an outside chance of forcing a victory on what could be a dramatic afternoon at the Oval.

To find out if they can do it, you can listen to ball-by-ball commentary here.

The Oval

Hanging in the balance: He's a lumberjack and he's ok

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The woodcutters are attracting big crowds at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Looks like he's doing some pretty high-level chopping too!


A 'welcome' feast: The pies the limit!

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Among all the fodder for the animals at the Great Yorkshire Show there's plenty of sustinance for the visitors too.

This pie looks like it's a crust above the rest and what a tasty welcome!


BBC Weather Watchers: A county of contrasts

BBC Weather Watchers

These two BBC Weather Watcher pics were taken this morning just 10 minutes apart.

Alison in Cotherstone took the one on the left of Harrogate at 09:15 and just 40 miles away at 09:25 Grandad Scott snapped the blue skies above Hemingbrough.

Harrogate and Hemingbrough

Hemingbrough is about 15 miles south of York, but compared to the shot of Harrogate it might as well be on the Costa del Sol!  

Above the clamour there arose the voice of an angel

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Among all the chatter from the crowd, the tannoy announcements, cows mooing, sheep bleating and horses neighing, as the Great Yorkshire Show drew to a close yesterday, the voice of an angel rose above the clamour.

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Watch: Countryside clobber - flat caps, wellies and safety pins, it's all gone Punk at the GYS

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Think of the Great Yorkshire Show and you think of farmers and animals, maybe flat caps and wellies.

But the show is also a platform for fashion and that's not just tweed and jodphurs!

There's a daily schedule of fashion shows, which includes a chance for young designers to show off their talents.

One of the students whose clothes are being showcased this year is Lucy Carr from Northallerton and her designs couldn't be further away from the stereotypical view of countryside clobber.

She's brought a touch of punk to the fields of Harrogate.

Mooo-ve along: Cow suspected of toffee snatching escorted away from sweet treats

The North Yorkshire Police Rural Taskforce are quick off the mark when it comes to guiding hungry cows with a sweet tooth away from potentially sticky situations!

Cow costume
NYP Rural Taskforce

Look at that expression, guilt ridden. The cow looks a bit sheepish too.

Watch: Sir Gary Verity on Tour de France return to North Yorkshire - 'not a question of if but when'

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I've started to brave the open air here at the Great Yorkshire Show and I've just caught up with Sir Gary Verity from the tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

After the initial flirting, and with the wind flapping all things canvas, I asked him what the chances are of getting the Tour de France back in North Yorkshire.

'What went through the new Prime Minister's mind': Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton

BBC Radio York

As the Prime Minister Theresa May begins her first full day in Downing Street, she's already creating headlines in the papers by appointing Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and sacking the Chancellor George Osborne.

Kevin Hollinrake is the Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, he told BBC Radio York he welcomes Theresa May as the new PM, but is surprised by her sacking of George Osborne.

MP Kevin Holinrake

I don't know what went through the new Prime Minister's mind when she decided to appoint a new Chancellor. George Osborne turned our economy around, it's now amongst the fastest growing in the world."

Kevin HollinrakeConservative MP for Thirsk and Malton

Headlines you never thought you'd see - 'Giant sheep makes off with buggy'

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The new section for giant animals at the Great Yorkshire Show this year is a brave and interesting step, but as this picture clearly shows, it means they can overpower broadcasters and steal their transport!

sheep buggy

Weather: Blue skies and a dry morning, but showers on the way

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There's more July-type weather to begin with today, but it's going to change a bit as the day goes on.

Here's my full forecast.

Great Yorkshire snow?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

I'm looking forward to the day warming up a bit.

It's not quite thermals weather, but it's definitely a bit nippy!

Can you tell I'm smiling through chattering teeth as I present the BBC Radio York breakfast show live from the Great Yorkshire Show?

Georgey Spanswick

Great Yorkshire Show: Probe into cattle tampering as dairy exhibitor disqualified

Yorkshire Post

A dairy cattle exhibitor has been barred from the Great Yorkshire Show for three years after a case of tampering was discovered by show organisers.

It is only the second show in the event’s history that has been marred by suspected cases of tampering after routine scans by the show’s veterinary team.

Nigel Pulling
Yorkshire Post

We can confirm that a dairy animal has been disqualified after an incident of tampering which breached the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Great Yorkshire Show regulations."

Nigel PullingChief Executive, Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Traffic and Travel update: Things starting to slow up on A658 near Great Yorkshire Show

BBC Travel

If you're already on your way to Harrogate be advised, things are starting to hot up on the roads.

There's slow, heavier-than-usual traffic on the A658 westbound in Knaresborough, between the A59 York Road junction and the Kestrel roundabout.  


Watch: Around the show in 40 seconds - your whirlwind tour starts here

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

If you fancy a trip to the Great Yorkshire Show, but are put off by traffic or crowds, here's just the thing for you.

Put your feet up for 40 seconds and enjoy this whirlwind tour.

Traffic and travel: Busy in Harrogate as the day goes on, roads and rails clear at the moment

BBC Travel

It's all looking good so far on the roads and rails throughout the county, but it's inevitable that things will change as the day goes on and the 45,000 people expected at the final day of the Great Yorkshire Show head out.

Harrogate map

Remember, if you do plan to make your way to the show today, there is a one-way system in operation on both the A661 into the showground from the Kestrel roundabout, and on the A658 between there and the turn-off for Calcutt.  

Weather: Dry and bright and pleasantly warm at the Great Yorkshire Show

BBC Weather

You can expect a dry and bright start to the day across North Yorkshire and for those at the Great Yorkshire Show - as the graphic below shows - it should remain pleasantly warm. 

weather graphic

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Hello, we're here until 18:00 and It's the third and final day of the Great Yorkshire Show, so we'll be following all the goings on at the showground in Harrogate and we'll bring you the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Agricultural society

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