AN annual village show has returned in style following an enforced break due to the pandemic.

The 59th event staged by Harden Beck Horticultural Society took place on the showfield, in Long Lane.

And organisers said they were delighted with the response from villagers.

Prior to the opening of the event, a minute's silence was observed in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

Then Hall Royd Band played the national anthem, God Save the King.

"The minute of silent reflection was impeccably observed – it was a poignant moment for all those in attendance," said Andy Macdonald, for the society.

The show featured a wide range of exhibits – including classes for vegetables, flowers, bakery, handicrafts and photography, plus a children's category with everything from poetry to gingerbread men.

Attractions also included music from the brass band and there were homemade refreshments, a children's tombola and raffle.

An auction of produce was held.

Mr Macdonald said: "After an absence of three years the showfield was packed with people eager to get together, renew friendships and enjoy the atmosphere of this traditional Yorkshire village show.

"The show openers were Kara and Grace, two very talented children from the village.

"The band played, the sun came out and people scampered into the show tent to look at the exhibits or to make sure they were at the front of the queue for sandwiches, pies, cakes and tea!"

He added: "Whilst the actual number of exhibits was slightly down on our last show, it was still a great effort and makes all the hard work and hours of planning to put the show on worthwhile.

"We had some fabulous exhibits of vegetables, fruit, flowers, photography, bakery, preserves and crafts. The children's classes were also well represented.

"Local businesses and individuals really supported us with sponsorship, through adverts in our schedule and the donation of very generous prizes for the raffle, for which we are extremely grateful.

"The auction of produce, which brings the show to a close, was one of the best ever.

"It was a real team effort and a great opportunity to bring our local community together after such difficult recent times."

Some raffle prizes remain unclaimed. Contact Viv Macdonald on 07947 250736.

The society – whose roots pre-date the Second World War – welcomes new helpers and committee members.

Further information can be found at, or on Facebook at hbhsharden.​