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Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show will offer to reimburse the trade stand holders for the two days they lost as a result of the cancellation of last week’s agricultural showcase due to the unprecedented wet weather.
In a move which is expected to cost the Yorkshire Agricultural Society £700,000, the Society will write to the or so businesses offering the two thirds reimbursement which covers the cost of their stand.
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive said: “Under our terms and conditions no refund is due, but we recognise that for many, the loss of two days’ business will have a severe impact at a time when trading is already challenging. Therefore, we have taken the decision today to offer this refund."
The cancellation is expected to cost the Society around £2m in ticket refunds, extensive remedial work to the car parks during the Show, cancelled attractions and displays, and reimbursement of trade stands.
The decision to cancel the region's biggest agricultural show is likely to cost the local economy at least £3 million. Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show called off the three day event after the first day for safety reasons.
Car parks which were already saturated by heavy rain turned into quagmires, leaving many vehicles stranded. It is only ever been cancelled before because of foot and mouth disease, or war. Clare Montgomery reports.