York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Show attendance falls just short of record

Yorkshire Show crowds
Image caption This year's attendance was the third highest on record at the show

Attendance at this year's Great Yorkshire Show came close to the highest on record - a year after the event was cancelled due to heavy rain.

Soaring temperatures this week helped the three-day show in Harrogate attract 134,837 visitors - just 274 short of the record 135,111 set in 2006.

Last year's event was cancelled after one day, costing organisers about £2m.

Show director Bill Cowling said: "I am absolutely delighted with our visitor numbers this year."

Mr Cowling said the success of the show was "a welcome boost" after what had been a difficult year in the aftermath of last year's cancellation - the first in its 155-year history.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which organises the show, commissioned research earlier this year which showed that it generates about £15m for the local economy each year.

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