Heads were turned skywards at the Great Yorkshire Showground yesterday as two 93ft poles were craned into position ready for the next show.

The new additions will become 85ft climbing poles used for against-the-clock climbing competitions at future shows, replacing the existing poles which had come to the end of their working lives.

Pole climbing competitions are staged over the show's three days, and see competitors from across the UK race against the clock in a bid to beat the world record.

The poles – created from 70 year old Douglas Fir trees - have kindly been given by Dawnay Estates near Scarborough and travelled the 60 miles to the Harrogate-based showground on a low loader.

Dawnay Estates’ Director, Robert Sword, has been the Great Yorkshire Show’s chief forestry steward for the last 25 years.

This year's Great Yorkshire Show takes place on Tuesday, July 8 - Thursday, July 10.