The Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled
6:57am 11th July 2012
(Updated 7:18am 11th July 2012)
The Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled after the first day.
Organisers say that three months of "unprecedented" rainfall left them with no other option.
England's premier agricultural show has only been called off twice before in its history - during the Second World War and the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.
A statement on the official website said:
"Sadly the car parks just did not hold up and so for health and safety reasons we simply could not continue. This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone who loves the Great Yorkshire Show and is involved in making it so special."
Visitors who have bought tickets in advance can get a refund or alternatively they can be kept and used for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show.
Great Yorkshire show website:
After 3 months of unprecedented rainfall we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show on the evening of the first day; after suffering a further 30 minute deluge this afternoon. Sadly the car parks cannot now be used to park cars safely and so we simply can’t continue. This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone who loves the Great Yorkshire Show and is involved in making it so special.
For information about refunds and any other concerns just click here.
meanwhile we've heard from the Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show.
They have decided to pull the plug on that event too.
It was meant to be taking place on the 22nd July.
Statement from the organisers:
It is with much regret and due to the inclement weather conditions that the Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show Committee have decided that this years show will have to be postponed to a later date, which is yet to be confirmed.
The Committee invites all those entering the Horticulture, Baking, Farm Produce, Children's, Photography, Floral Art and Art classes to show their exhibits at the Coronation Hall on 22nd July 2012. The judging of these classes will continue as previously organised, just at a different location. The general public are invited to attend the Coronation Hall after midday to view these entries. A nominal charge of £1 will be made to all adults attending who have not exhibited. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Further details with regard to a future date for the full show will be released over the next few days via Twitter, Facebook and on our website.
Tradestands, sponsors, craft stands and all other exhibitors will be notified in due course of the new show date in writing.
The Committee wishes to express that this has not been a decision that has been taken lightly and in view of the forward weather forecast and the already very wet ground, it would be unwise to put spectators, animals or exhibitors at great risk.
Should anyone wish for further immediate clarification on any matter relating to the show please do not hesitate to contact The Secretary on 07510 132799 "
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