2013 is third highest attendance in history of Great Yorkshire Show

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The hundreds of thousands of visitors who descended upon the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate this week have written themselves into the history books for setting the third highest attendance in the show’s proud 155-year history.

Glorious summer weather saw people turn out in their droves from across the UK and visitor numbers reached a total of 134,837 over the course of the show’s three days, organisers have now revealed. It is a happy reversal for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society after last year’s event was called off because of incessant downpours at the end of the first day.

Bill Cowling, honorary show director, said a combination of top class animals, celebrity guests and the weather helped make it go down as one of the most memorable shows ever.

“Our visitor numbers are tremendous and we are extremely grateful to our members, visitors and exhibitors for their support in what has been a particularly difficult year,” he said.

“I think people were disappointed that there wasn’t a full show last year and were determined to show us their support and they have demonstrated just that by coming through the gates in their many thousands.

“As a shop window for the industry, the show will give a welcome boost to farming and the wider rural community, and that’s very much what the event is about. Looking forward, plans are already well underway for our autumn event, Countryside Live in October.”

The record for the highest visitor numbers was set in 2006 when 135,211 people came to the show, including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The second highest figure was two years ago, at 135,086.

A lightning bolt over the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth last night as storms moved up the country toward Yorkshire. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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