The Yorkshire Show was cancelled for the first time due to flooding

Events were held for the York 800 celebrations

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The summer, if you can call it a summer, settled down after spring’s manic Diamond Jubilee pageantry, with less regal matters making the headlines.

In July we reported on a legal loophole which meant speeding motorists in North Yorkshire villages could avoid prosecution and more serious news when police confirmed York former boxing champion Henry Wharton had been hit by a car and attacked with a machete.

Increasingly the second half of the year was dominated by weather.

July’s floods wreaked havoc across the county and the Great Yorkshire Show fell victim for the first time in its history.

York 800 organisers were forced to cancel the charter weekend flotilla but the rest of the celebrations went ahead, despite the swollen river.

Star turns included 800 minutes of live music in Parliament Street and the Ebor Vox community choir premiering Benjamin Till’s song This York to a jubilant crowd at the Eye of York.

We endured the coolest July since 2000 but at least the sun shone for Bradley Wiggins, who won the Tour de France in grand style. It was to prove an omen of what was to come.

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