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Elton John to play Great Yorkshire Show outdoor concert

Main showground at Great Yorkshire Show
Image caption Profits from the show will go to the charity that organises the Great Yorkshire Show

Elton John will play the first outdoor music concert at the North Yorkshire showground that hosts the annual Great Yorkshire Show.

The singer will play the main outdoor ring of the Harrogate showground for one night in June 2012.

Profits from the concert will go to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity for local rural communities.

The arena will have a capacity of 15,000 for the concert seated in the grandstand and on the showground.

Founded in 1837, the society helps improve and promote agriculture in the region and educate future generations of farmers.

It also runs events for schoolchildren, students and teachers.

Most successful

Heather Parry, managing director of the Yorkshire Event Centre, said the concert would fund charitable work with the "farming and rural communities across the north of England."

The society organises the three-day Great Yorkshire Show, held in Harrogate since 1951, that had more than 135,000 visitors in 2011.

Elton John is a rock singer-songwriter and pianist. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967 and they have collaborated on more than 30 albums.

In his four-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.

Tickets for the concert go on sale on Friday.

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