Inside the Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show took place last week in Harrogate, it is an event marked in everyone’s diary around the North of England with something for everyone from Sheep Shearing to Army Tanks to Jewellery and Luxury Watches. This year it was made even more special with the fantastic weather we were lucky enough to have, the great atmosphere and of course a special visit from Prince Charles and Camilla.

If you attended the show this year you may well have seen our “W Hamond” here, there and everywhere as we were the main sponsors of the annual event with our name being most notably on all the leaflets, in the programme (where we had a full double page feature) and on the back of everyone’s passes!

If you strolled past Stand 130 you couldn’t have missed our “pop-up shop” with a wide range of jewellery made in Yorkshire with stones such as Whitby Jet, Derbyshire Blue John, Diamonds, Baltic Amber and Turquoise from Arizona!

This wasn’t all that was on offer however, behind this Aladdin’s cave of jewellery was something a bit different, for the first time this year we decided to showcase some of our luxury watch brands which brought a modern twist to an otherwise traditional event! With exclusive brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Bremont, Breitling, TAG-Heuer and many more on show.

The items of the week seemed to be Michael Kors watches with over ten being sold throughout the three days and antique Victorian Jet pieces, both of which were placed at the entrance to the store.

One of the ‘crowning’ (excuse the pun) moments came on Tuesday when a crowd of people who were clustered together could be seen making their way through the stores and show grounds and if you looked hard enough you could see the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the middle being escorted by a large entourage of friends and security!

There was a real VIP feeling to the show and we went above and beyond to give our customers the full luxury the event warranted with Prosecco being handed out towards the end of the day to anyone who came in and it almost became a social event as our staff told customers the history of Whitby Jet, where it comes from and how it’s made and likewise with the history of some of our watch brands.