Organisers of the 139th Wayland Agricultural Show have had to call off the event, after a sewage spill on the grounds. The event at Watton in Norfolk had been ready to go ahead today, but organisers were forced to cancel it yesterday evening, when an Anglian Water Sewage pumping station was struck by lightning. The storm led to the station being offline for more than an hour, causing sewage to flood the showground at Saham Toney near Watton.
More than 12,000 visitors were expected at the show. Organisers have apologised to all those left disappointed, but they say they were left with no option, after they were advised that no member of the general public should be allowed on the showground for health and safety reasons.
It would have been the Wayland Show's 139th year - making it one of the longest UK traditional agricultural shows of its kind.
Organisers say the refund position on tickets sales will be confirmed tomorrow.