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Crowds of thousands descended on the Great Yorkshire Showground on Sunday for the first ever Springtime Live.

The family event, a first for the organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show, has been hailed a great success with around 3,000 people attending on its first day.

Bradley Taylor, eight, and Harry Taylor, three, with a spring lamb at Springtime Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground. (S)

Bradley Taylor, eight, and Harry Taylor, three, with a spring lamb at Springtime Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground. (S)

And, as it sets the start to a “great” show season ahead, organisers say they hope it make it an annual event.

“We were delighted,” said Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS).

“With a new event you are always a bit unsure how it will be received. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive.

“A lot of families had a fantastic day. There was significantly more visitors than we had hoped for. I’m sure we will be having it again next year.”

Springtime Live, for the first time, was an event aimed specifically at children and young families.

Star of the show was children’s TV character Peppa Pig, and there were art stalls, craft areas, bread making, cake baking and wood carving.

Stage shows proved a huge hit, as did face painting, circus entertainers, and chocolate lollipop making.

There were vintage tractor displays, appearances from the Airedale Beagles, a climbing wall, Army assault course, Easter egg hunt and pony rides.

But, with a Spring, new life and rural theme, the true focus of the show was in its animal areas, with piglets, lambes, calves, chicks and goslings all drawing crowds.

“It’s very much about education through entertainment,” said Mr Pulling.

“It’s to give kids the chance to see farm animals, and farm machinery, and to think about where their food comes from.

“It was first and foremost a great day out, but the message was there about farming for all ages.”

The Springtime Live event is the first of the show season, said Mr Pulling, and it’s success bodes well for the summer ahead: “It’s the beginning of the season, and it marks a good start to the year.”