The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev Nick Baines, and the Yorkshire Event Centre’s MD Heather Parry, 9 June, pulled a 30m giant red ribbon to unveil the YEC’s new Hall 1. It now makes the largest single-span space in the North East of England when combined with Hall 2. The new Hall 1 has 4,320sqm of space, with an extra 1,950sqm in Hall 2.
More than 200 invited guests heard Parry outline the YEC’s vision of creating a building to rival any other events space in the UK. “Our new hall demonstrates our commitment to the farming community, to our existing and future customers, and is a positive contribution to the Yorkshire economy,” she said.
The Bishop described Hall 1, which sits on the 250-acre showground in Harrogate, as “unique” and “ambitious” and said it “shows something about Yorkshire: that we want to aim high”.
All profits from the Yorkshire Event Centre go to fund the work of the registered charity, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The Society organises the Great Yorkshire Show.
Hall 1 replaces the original 1960s building and includes a café, large foyer, seminar/workshop space and offices.
The first event being held in the new Hall 1 is the Society’s Countryside Days next week, when 6,000 schoolchildren will use it as their base for learning more about where their food comes from.