Slideshow: Great Yorkshire Show day three highlights

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This hound decided to make a break from the pack.

The daring doggie caused much amusement among the audience after it made its bid for freedom during a Parade of the Hounds on the last day of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Other attractions came from the sky in the shape of the Parachute Regiment’s display team, The Red Devils, who jumped into the main ring to hand over a £50,000 cheque to England Rugby World Cup winner Neil Back.

He had organised the Back to Earth charity skydive that raised the money for Help for Heroes.

Back, who then gave the cheque to Lt Cpl Tom Neathway, said: “A huge thanks to the Great Yorkshire Show organisers for letting us finish the Back to Earth fundraising campaign on a high.”

While the parachute team were on their way down, the only way was up for finalists in the Great British Pole Climbing Championships.

The sport sees climbers – many of whom are professional tree surgeons – race one another to the top of 80ft wooden poles. The world record time is under 10 seconds.

One of the finalists, Terry Bennett, 32, from Oswestry in Wales, said: “It’s a buzz and it’s great to get out and compete in a sport that’s connected to what most of us do for a living.”

Elsewhere, Leeds-based Skelton Woods Environment Group were promoting the conservation work they do at the woods in Whinmoor helping children to make bird boxes.

Trustee Paul Hannaby said: “We are trying to teach them to treat the woods responsibly and to make them more aware of the wildlife that inhabit them.”

He said they expected to sell more than 150 bird boxes to fund their work.

Nearby, the finishing touches were being put to a wall and seating area being built by the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association.

About 40 people were involved in constructing the wall, which will remain in place until next year’s show.

David Griffiths, a professional dry stone waller for 35 years, said: “Most of the people taking part are amateurs. They are fascinated with the craft of walling.”

In a show full of animals, two that weren’t winning any prizes – but were getting plenty of attention – were on the Leeds Dogs Trust stand.

Rescue poodles Zeb, three, and Ivy, five, were on site to showcase the work the charity does in rehoming abandoned and unwanted animals.

The trust has more than 80 kennels for dogs at its site off the A64 York Road near Bramham.

Mal Green, who was running the stand, said: “We have 1,600 throughout the UK and they are always full. It’s a big attraction for the kids and they really help to publicise the work we do.”

Meanwhile, staff from Leeds City College helped to compere the game-cooking stand, where there were cookery demonstrations by a string of local chefs, as well as celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager.

David Sowden, curriculum manager for hospitality, said the demonstrations were great experience for students, who helped backstage.

He said: “It’s inspirational for them to be able to rub shoulders with some of the finest chefs we have in the area.”

Those looking for a drink to go with their food were invited to sample a spooky speciality beer created to coincide with the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.

Theakston’s Crime of Passion is blood-red and has the faint aroma of almonds - often associated with the poison, cyanide.

The clean-up began today after around 130,000 visitors left 106 tonnes of litter.

Honorary show director Bill Cowling said: “We were superbly lucky with the weather. It would have been difficult to improve on.”

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