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Back to Earth at the Great Yorkshire Show

Event, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 15 July 2011

All dressed up in her Tinker Bell costume - Rebecca Storey, from the York Theatre Royal welcomed visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show 2011, and they turned out in their thousands for the greatest ever 'Great Yorkshire Show'.

I went on day three of the show, the weather was fantastic. I'd listened in to the live broadcasts on BBC Radio York over the previous two days and it sounded like everyone was having a great time.

The turn out was exceptional, the main arena packed to the gunnels with spectators basking in the sun... enjoying their Pimms while watching the tournaments including all the usual animal and show jumping events.

If you're not frightened of heights then the big wheel is an absolute must, the view over the show was totally outstanding. I'm not sure how high it was, but it certainly was one of the biggest I've ever been on.

There was a strong sense of art at this year's show with galleries full of paintings and sculptures, the artists on hand to explain the concept of their work.

On loan were works from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park including Heros de Lumiere by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj. Mitoraj travelled a great deal, holding many successful shows in Europe, particularly in Paris. Born in 1944, he returned to Poland in 2003.

One of the most popular events in the main arena was the tradition of the running of the hounds or the 'Hounds Parade', large cheers went up with people taking to their feet to applaud.

And then I got completely lost. I had planned to see Rosemary Shrager who was due on stage at 3pm in the area of D5. I could see row E, above it ABC... then below it row Q. I asked a few people but nobody could help.

Then by complete coincidence there she was - coming straight down the row I was in, in her chauffeur driven buggy. I asked Rosemary where she was heading and she told me to hop in, giving me a lift right to the door. She really is a genuinely lovely lady with a great sense of humour and was enjoying every minute of the show.

Rosemary then gave the packed audience a 'Master Class' in the preparation and four ways of cooking rabbit.

And now I have to make a confession, I can't think of anything much less interesting than show jumping. I realise this places me in a minority when it comes to country shows, but there's nothing I can do about it, I'm just not interested. So for me the 'Grand Finale' was watching the Parachute Regiment's display team, 'The Red Devils' jump out of a light aircraft. A couple of singletons landed in the main arena right next to me, then at about 5,000 feet - three of the stick came together in a grouping which they later told me was the 'Canopy Formation', breaking away from each other into their 'Split Formation' in advance of dropping right into the arena at quite a pace, then rapidly breaking to a halt in mid air, almost hanging there for a moment before gently dropping to the ground - skillful indeed.

But the Paras weren't there just to demonstrate their skills at sky diving. Former England Rugby Union Captain Neil Back and a team of 30 volunteers including former England team mates Josh Lewsey, Harry Ellis and Henry Paul recently completed a sky dive with the Red Devils from 13,000ft to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

The campaign has raised over £50,000 for the charity to help provide for wounded service men and women.

Lance Corpral Tom Neathway along with Major Paul Alan (Paddy) Blair (DSO) received the cheque on behalf of Help for Heroes. Tom lost both legs and an arm whilst serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He recently appeared in the BBC documentary Wounded and with the aid of funds raised by Help for Heroes has recuperated to the point that he now ski’s, scuba dives and is soon to appear on Top Gear doing the Dakar Rally! Tom was part of Neil Back’s team and completed the recent jump, saying “I just wanted to show that injuries don’t have to be the end of everything, you can do anything if you put your mind to it”.

 

 

 

 

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