A NORTHUMBERLAND show, which was cancelled last summer because of the torrential rain, will not run this year – nor for the foreseeable future.
Kirkheaton Show was one of the victims of the wet summer and was unable to go ahead as planned last July, after moving to a new, flatter field with more parking space.
The committee met last week to discuss the way forward and decided that there is no option but to cancel the event.
Show committee member Lindsay Patrick said: “It is with great regret that we are informing you that Kirkheaton Show will not go ahead this year or in the foreseeable future as we have no field, lack of funds and lack of support.”
She added that it was “very sad to see the end of a traditional local show”.
The show, which featured classes for horses and ponies, dogs, crafts, home produce and novelty events such as lawn mower racing, would have been in is 63rd year last year.
The show had only been cancelled once before in its history – in 2001 because of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.
Last year the show was moved to a new field on the outskirts of the village but the flooding was too severe and the decision was taken on health and safety grounds.
Last year’s show was due to feature horse and pony classes, dog, terrier and hound classes, championship terrier racing and Cumberland wrestling as well as home produce classes, an industrial tent and children’s races. The cancellation was an expensive decision as up to 400 people were expected to come along.