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Sir Elton John plays 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

Sir Elton John has played the first outdoor music concert at the North Yorkshire showground, where the annual Great Yorkshire Show is hosted.

The singer performed at the main outdoor ring of the Harrogate showground.

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

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

John appeared the day after he took part in the Diamond Jubilee concert on a stage outside Buckingham Palace in front of a 12,000 crowd.

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

Promoting agriculture

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

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

It also runs events for schoolchildren, students and teachers.

Heather Parry, managing director of the Yorkshire Event Centre, previously 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.

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