SOCIETY'S CREST SHINES FORTH
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s iconic crest has been re-created in a stained glass window. The window, which is a gift from a former Society President, Sir Ken Morrison, has been unveiled at the Great Yorkshire Showground, where it has pride of place in the President’s Pavilion which overlooks the main arena.
The Society is best known as the organiser of the annual Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live.
During the Great Yorkshire Show, which runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July, the President’s Pavilion is the focus for all VIP guests, and in the past has welcomed everyone from HM The Queen to Gervase Phinn and John Craven. Next week (5 June) the Pavilion will be the pre-show base for international superstar Elton John, prior to his concert in the Main Ring.
Sir Ken, who was President July 2011/2012, commissioned the panel from York artist Julia Spall to mark his year in office and it was handed over to the Society’s Chief Executive, Nigel Pulling.
Mr Pulling said: “The Society’s crest with the white rose of Yorkshire has been pretty much the same since it was first designed in1837 and is very recognisable. It embodies our tradition and heritage so it’s entirely appropriate that it’s depicted in a modern interpretation at what is a central point of the Show.”
With a background in fine art, Ms Spall worked for York Glaziers Trust for six years, including working on restoration painting in York Minster and some of the Oxford colleges. She now runs her own business, Julia Spall Stained Glass.
31 May 2012
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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to almost £1m. It is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009. Both the RAC and Fodder have won a number of awards, including in 2010, being named as the Observer Monthly Best Independent Local Retailer.
The Society is the organiser of England’s premier agricultural show, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. The 2012 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 July and last year’s event attracted 135,086 visitors. The record attendance is 135,111, established in 2006. Countryside Live takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October 2012 at Harrogate and there were a record breaking 10,700 visitors to the 2011 event.