As thousands of people descended on the show ground for the 155th Great Yorkshire Show, the phrase on everyone’s lips was ‘what a difference a year makes’.
Torrential rain and cars stranded in flooded car parks were nothing but a distant memory as temperatures approached 30°C.
Visitors made the most of the glorious sunshine stretching out on every available patch of grass, and queues for ice cream stands weaved through the show’s alleys.
Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society was delighted by the sun’s appearance.
“What a difference a year makes. It was a good build up to the show being dry for a long time allowing everyone to get here and get set up safely.”
He added: “It is not too hot though, it is nice to see people getting the chance to sit on the grass and sit outside as a result of the weather.”
Former show president Michael Abrahams CBE said the first day of the show was one of the best he had seen in his 40 years of involvement with the show.
He said: “People have forgotten last year now and it has been a wonderful day. Tuesday was one of the best opening days of the show I can remember.”
Honorary Show Director, Bill Cowling was delighted that the show was back to its best.
He said: “What a total difference from the first day last year. The atmosphere was great, it was an atmosphere like the Yorkshire Show should be, most of all I hope that people enjoy themselves.”
Regular show visitor Colin Scott from Halifax said: “This is the best year ever, where did the organisers get this weather from? It’s brilliant!”
The glorious sunshine caused a rush on hats and ice creams.
Rydale Clothing stand manager Michael Nichols said: “It has been all about hats here today for us.
“Last year people were disappointed the show was cancelled, but we sold lots of wellies on the first day.
“What ever the weather we have got the stock to be ready for it. We have got five thousand hats, and we are probably going to shift them all and get another delivery if they keep selling like this.”
Adrian Konbrla who was working as an ice cream vendor at one of the Yorkshire Dales Farmhouse ice cream stands said: “We have got through 10 tubs each 18 litres, so that is a lot of ice cream.
“It has been so busy all day, for us it is good, this is the best weather to sell ice cream.”
Despite the soaring temperatures medical team manager James Walker said the medics hadn’t treated many people suffering from effects of the sun. He said: “We’ve not had many people in, I think people are taking care of themselves with plenty of sun cream and staying hydrated.
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