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Historic farming show ends after 200 years

The East of England Show in Peterborough has struggled to attract visitors in recent years and after financial losses in 2012 has been scrapped.

In the past it has been the biggest agricultural show in the region with the attendance topping more than 100,000 over the three-day event.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia in 2004 which looked at the history of the show.

"Big and bold" decision to scrap East of England Show

The Chief Executive of the East of England Agricultural Society Jeremy Staples says it was "big and bold" decision to scrap the East of England Show.

The three-day event was already expected to be heavily reformed after losses in 2012 ran into "several hundred thousand pounds".

But now the show has been scrapped after running in some form for 200 years.

Mr Staples told ITV News Anglia: "The show was not proving attractive to what the public wanted in sufficient numbers to make it financially viable."

The showground in Peterborough will continue to operate and still has a calendar of events and shows scheduled over the next few months.


East of England show ends after 200 years

The historic East of England Show has been cancelled after 200 years. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After months of review and speculation the East of England Show has been cancelled following a history of 200 years.

The three-day agricultural show which is held in Peterborough has been suffering from falling attendances and financial losses. In June 2012, the show was badly hit by the weather.

The show will be replaced by a series of smaller events.

Weather delays for Prince at East of England Show

Prince Charles eventually arrives at the East of England Show in Peterborough Credit: Gary Mabee / ITV Anglia

The poor weather delayed the visit of Prince Charles to the East of England Show in Peterborough.

The Prince of Wales had earlier been on a visit to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire after it was hit by floods a fortnight ago only to be delayed by fresh storms.