THIS year’s Great Yorkshire Show was one of the biggest in its 161-year history after 135,095 visitors poured through the gates over the three days.

The figures are just behind the record set in 2006 when 135,111 attended.

There were also record-breaking entries across some of the sections, including cattle classes with 1,247 entries across beef and dairy, sheep with 2,597 entries, sheep shearing with 241 and “hives and honey” with 801 entries.

Show director Charles Mills said: “I was so proud to see each section looking great, the competitions were exhilarating, the entertainment, the visitors which spanned every generation – I think the show just keeps getting better and better, and the attendance numbers really reflect this.”

Sporting soprano Lizzie Jones rounded off the show, singing in the main ring before the traditional president’s handover which saw Tom Ramsden hand to Charlotte Bromet, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s president for the coming year.

The prestigious Cock O’ The North showjumping was the final competition in the main ring which ended in a win for Wetherby rider Richard Howley, riding Chinook.

Show organisers welcomed the Duke of York, and there were also visits from farming minister Robert Goodwill and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

Among the many victors across different categories, the show saw wins for locals.

On the first day, the best in the garden ahow was won for the second year running by a display of carnivorous plants from Wacks Wicked Plants of Scampston. Garden Show steward Martin Fish said he could not remember the last time the cup had been won in successive years by the same exhibitor.

Reserve went to the Scarborough-based Yorkshire Pelargonium and Geranium Society.