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Great Yorkshire Show visitors stick to tradition

Bobby Earnshaw from Todmorden enjoys an ice cream at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate.   TJ100436s Picture by Tony Johnson

Bobby Earnshaw from Todmorden enjoys an ice cream at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate. TJ100436s Picture by Tony Johnson

 

For many visitors the Great Yorkshire Show, now in its 156th year, is something of a family affair.

Parents take their children because they themselves were taken when they were young, and many begin attending in their very first year.

Along with the animals, spirit of competition, and royal visitors, this is among the best traditions at the show, and one that has been handed down the generations.

Bobby Earnshaw from Todmorden, aged 4, is one such example. His family stay for the entire week to experience the full range of the Great Yorkshire Show’s offering, and they have brought Bobby since he was a baby.

He said his favourite bit is the tractors and the cattle.

Andrew Kay came to this year’s show from Colton near Tadcaster with his four-year-old son Ferdie.

He said: “It will be Ferdie’s fifth Great Yorkshire Show because he came the year he was born and every year since.

“It is tradition as much as anything that brings us back, because we have been coming since I was as big as him.”

Whether they have moved away or stayed nearby, there is a long history to family visits.

Even once children have left home and started their own families, their parents still attend each year.

Graham Hoyland came from Pickering with his wife Hilary, mostly to see the cattle parade on the second day.

He said: “I have been to the show every year since I was born except when it wasn’t on.

“Years ago when I first started it was predominantly agricultural but fortunately it has diversified so it has managed to survive.”

 

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