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Summary

  1. Live updates on Wednesday 13 July 2016

Live Reporting

By David Ward

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our live coverage across the day

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

That's the end of our live service for today. We'll be back from 07:00 on Thursday - the final day of the 158th Great Yorkshire Show. 

We also bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county. 

I'll leave you with this montage of some of the highlights from the Yorkshire Showground today.

Great Yorkshire Show
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Traffic and travel: Update on road closures around Harrogate

BBC Travel

A reminder that the same traffic arrangements as yesterday are in place in and around Harrogate this afternoon.

If you're trying to make your way into the town, you need to be aware that there are restrictions on roads surrounding the showground to help alleviate queues as tens of thousands of people leave the Great Yorkshire Show.

It means there is a one-way system in operation on the A661 between Rudding Lane and the Kestrel roundabout and you cannot enter the town on this road.

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The same one-way system is also in operation on the A658 between the Kestrel roundabout and the B6163.

Watch: On your marks, get set, go!

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Three, two, one....go!

It's that time of year when children across North Yorkshire are taking part in their sports day at school.

A bit disappointed that they are now maybe a bit too old for the egg and spoon race, Georgey Spanswick and Jules Bellerby came across a couple of bikes in the Welcome to Yorkshire tent at the Great Yorkshire Show. 

There can be only one winner!

Cars, yes. Vans, yes. Buses, yes. A tank, that's a bit unusual

Now this is not a view you'll see that often in Leyburn I'd imagine.

I hope they weren't making their way to the Great Yorkshire Show from there... it would take a while to get there and don't even start me on those tailbacks.

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It's not a Blue Peter badge...but it is a badge

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Well it may not have been the most polished performance you're ever going to see, but national forecaster Alex Deakin still thought Georgey's attempt at presenting the weather deserved a reward.

Someone tell her it's only a badge...she looks so scared, but then so pleased!

Badge
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Time for a lie down

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

I think we all have days like this...

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Great Yorkshire Show: Robot milks cow

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

Remember the pics we showed you of the machine that milks cows earlier?

Well our reporter Charles Heslett was so impressed, he's now done a video of it in action.

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Watch: Being a weather forecaster is easy isn't it?

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

If you're coming to the Great Yorkshire Show over the next two days, make sure you come across and say hello to us at the BBC tent on the President's Lawn.

While you're here, you may want to have a go at presenting the weather forecast. It looks so easy doesn't it? You just point at a map, say there'll be sunny spells and scattered showers and that's about it, isn't it?

Well that's what I thought until I met up with forecaster Alex Deakin... I think I need more practice!

Pupils to stage protest over teacher redundancy at York school

Away from the Great Yorkshire Show, pupils at Joseph Rowntree school in York have told us they'll be holding a protest today because they are unhappy that a PE teacher is being made redundant.

Joseph Rowntree School, York
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More than 1,500 people have also signed a petition urging the school to change its mind. 

The school says it's made some changes to the curriculum for the new academic year and cut the amount of PE for some and, like many schools across the country, these changes have affected staffing. 

The protest is taking place during break time and the school says pupils are expected to then return to their lessons.

Listen: 'Support available' to farmers in need, says minister

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

More now on the struggles North Yorkshire's farmers are facing in the current climate.

Earlier I was told by the support group, the Farming Community Network, that they're receiving eight times as many calls from farmers to their helpline than at this point 12 months ago.

I've been speaking to Liz Truss, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, about this. She accepted that farmers do have real concerns about the industry.

These are difficult times. We secured £28m of additional funding for the dairy industry."

Liz TrussSecretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Milking a cow's not as labour intensive as it used to be

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

They have the technology to do everything these days!

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Who will win 'pig of the year' title?

The trotters are clean, the snouts are polished, but which pig will be the pig of the year at the Great Yorkshire Show?  

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One for the kids at the Great Yorkshire Show

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

You'd better be on your best behaviour if you're going to the Show today...if not, you may be chased by this happy looking chappy on his bike!

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Watch: Tour of the Great Yorkshire Show

Gareth Barlow

Journalist, BBC Radio York

Never been to the Great Yorkshire Show? Wonder what all the fuss is about?

Have a look at my whistle-stop tour of the Showground...

Listen: 'We are here to help' struggling farmers - Farming Community Network

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Thousands of people are now pouring into the showground here in Harrogate for the second day of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Today I've been hearing about the financial pressures and stresses farmers in our county are facing, in a year when support group the Farming Community Network tell us they've seen an eight-fold increase in calls to their helpline in North Yorkshire.

I've been chatting to Graham Lilley, chairman of the Yorkshire branch, and branch member Helen Benson about this.

Traffic and travel update: Delays not as long as yesterday in and around Harrogate

BBC Travel

If you decided against going to the Great Yorkshire Show yesterday because of the problems on the roads and instead have waited until today, then at the moment that's looking like a good decision.

There are delays on the A59 heading towards Harrogate from the Whixley turn-off where it's taking around 30 minutes to get to Knaresborough, but that is about all you'll come up against at the moment.

A59
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Remember there's also a one-way system in place around the showground so you can't currently get out of Harrogate on the A661.

But of course, if you are worried about the traffic, you can easily get to Harrogate by train and there are currently no delays to services leaving York.

Opening day 'busy but enjoyable' say organisers of Great Yorkshire Show

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

Nigel Pulling, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has told me that he pleased with how the opening day of this year's show went and that they don't expect the problems on the roads to be as big as yesterday. 

Good news if you're about to leave home for Harrogate this morning.

Nigel Pulling
BBC

It's another good day and I'm looking forward to it. Yesterday was a busy day but the exhibitors and visitors are having a great time."

Sports headlines: Knights learn Super 8s fixtures, Yorkshire cricket drifting towards draw and Harrogate Town win first pre-season friendly

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

The sports headlines this morning:

  • York City Knights to kick off Super 8s campaign  at home against Doncaster as the race for promotion from League One hots up
  • Yorkshire's County Championship match resumes later with Surrey on 164/5 and heading towards a draw after two rain-wrecked days at the Oval
  • Harrogate Town got their pre-season programme off to a winning start with 3-0 win at Knaresborough Town

Rugby League: Knights Super 8s fixtures revealed

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

In the last few minutes it's been announced that York City Knights will begin their Super 8s campaign at home to former boss Gary Thornton's Doncaster on Sunday 24 July.

The following Saturday, the Knights are back on their travels when they make a second trip in less than a month to France to take on league leaders and favourites for promotion Toulouse.

In total, the Knights will play four games at Bootham Crescent and three matches away from home.

York City Knights
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Great Yorkshire Show: Farmers in distress

Georgey Spanswick

Presenter, BBC Radio York

On Day Two of the 158th Great Yorkshire Show, farmers are telling me how they're struggling to cope with the increasing financial pressures of the job.

One organisation, the Farming Community Network, says they've seen an eight-fold increase in calls to their helpline from this time last year.

Pig
BBC

It's across all sectors but livestock sectors and beef have been particularly hit and, perhaps for the first time, we are seeing arable farmers showing signs of stress."

Graham LilleyYorkshire branch Chair, Farming Community Network

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... even in Harrogate

Harrogate's about 50 miles from the nearest beach, so organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have decided to bring a taste of the seaside to the town.

Well it's certainly got Welcome to Yorkshire boss Sir Gary Verity in holiday mood this morning...

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News headlines: More farmers under financial strain, people with red hair more likely to get skin cancer and University of York handing out honorary degrees

Nathan Turvey

BBC Radio York News

The headlines from our York newsroom this morning include:

  • The Yorkshire branch of the Farming Community Network is taking eight times more calls than a year ago from farmers asking for help due to financial strains, BBC Radio York has learned 
  • Research partly carried out in Yorkshire say an inherited 'ginger gene' can increase the risk of skin cancer, by the equivalent of  21 extra years of sun exposure
  • Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding and former Richmond MP and Conservative leader William Hague will be among those picking up honorary degrees from the University of York this week

Traffic and travel: Leave early to avoid delays into Harrogate

BBC Travel

There are estimates that about 40,000 people will make their way to the Great Yorkshire Show again today.

That invariably means there will be delays on the roads into and out of Harrogate, but the good news is that there are no delays at present on either the roads or rails.

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Remember, if you do plan to make your way to the show today, there is a one-way system in operation on both the A661 into the Showground from the Kestrel Roundabout, and on the A658 between there and the turn-off for Calcutt.

Weather: Overcast but mainly dry at Great Yorkshire Show

BBC Weather

Here's how the weather's looking at the Great Yorkshire Show today.

If you're about to leave home for the day, the best advice is to probably take a jumper and a brolly as you won't see much of the sun and there is a chance of showers at the start of the afternoon.

Weather
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It's a similar picture across the rest of North Yorkshire today too.

Good morning: Join us for today's live coverage

David Ward

BBC Local Live, York

We'll be with you until 18:00 with all the latest news, travel and weather from across North Yorkshire. 

Lots going on today, including Day Two of the Great Yorkshire Show.

If you're heading down to the Showground in Harrogate, we'd love it if you can get in touch. Feel free to send your photos via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Cattle
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