East of England Show cancelled

The East of England agricultural show has been cancelled
The East of England agricultural show has been cancelled
0
Have your say

The iconic East of England agricultural show which traces its origins back to the early 1800s has been cancelled.

The show, which is held in Peterborough and at which Northamptonshire farmers appear, will be replaced with a series of smaller events.

East of England day 2   Pics of animals on show in the cattle lines.

East of England day 2 Pics of animals on show in the cattle lines.

It has been confirmed that the show will not return to the East of England Showground this year, and organisers warn there are no firm plans to see it re-appear.

The move comes after the East of England Agricultural Society announced in December they were reviewing plans for the event in 2013 after heavy rain hit visitor numbers and contributed to five-figure losses.

The society said at the end of last year 2013 would be a “transitional year” for the show but now it has confirmed it has ruled out a return of the show this year.

But the organisers also point out the show had been flagging for a number of years before last year’s deluge proved to be the final straw.

A statement published on its website reads: “The decision to end more than two centuries of summer shows was not taken lightly.

“However, the trustees of the society recognised with regret that the event had become disconnected from its agricultural roots, and had been failing on many fronts over several years.

“Most importantly, the losses incurred year after year by the charity could not be tolerated.”

In place of the show, a one-day education event is to be held, for which some 4,000 schoolchildren are expected to attend.

A two-day livestock show is also planned for the same weekend.

Fewer than 10,000 people attended last year’s show across its three-day run, despite the appearance of Prince Charles.

Society chief executive Jeremy Staples said: “The society couldn’t go on losing large sums of money to put a show on few people wanted to visit.”

He said the society’s aim to hold a show of similar scale, one spanning a number of days, at some point in the future.

“We want to run a show at some time in the future but we have got to work out the model that will be successful.”