The event to be held in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park on Saturday 28th July has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
The decision was taken following the recent spells of persistent heavy rain.
The unusually wet conditions have left the ground in the park sodden and the committee did not want to risk causing lasting damage to the historic park, particularly after the a £9 million refurbishment project.
– Deputy Show Director Barrie Robinson
The long-term weather forecast offers little hope of much sunshine, and adding this to the logistics of relocating the show so close to the event we are left with no other viable alternative.
A months worth of rain is due to fall in 24 hours across the UK.
The AA is reminding motorists to take extra care when driving in heavy rain and homeowners to take precautions against flooding, where possible.
DarronBurness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations explains:
“With more torrential downpours expected across the UK today, localised or flash flooding could catch people out.
Even if you know the local area well, lots of water on the roads can change their appearance and mask hidden hazards,“ explains Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations.
“It’s often impossible to gauge the depth of flood water, so don’t even chance it. Not only do you risk wrecking your engine but there may be dislodged manhole covers and other debris.
“It only takes six inches of fast flowing water to knock you off your feet and one foot of water to float a car.”
AA Flood Advice
Keep speed down, be watchful for standing water and not risk driving through flood water
Driving fast through standing water is dangerous; tyres lose contact with the road and you lose steering control – known as “aquaplaning”
If this happens, hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip
If you break down in heavy rain, don’t prop the bonnet open while you wait for help to arrive.
The engine will be more difficult to start again if the electrics are rain-soaked.
Two schools in North Tyneside are making alternative arrangements for pupils because they have been closed since last week's floods.From Monday, July 9, children will be educated in other locations.
- Langley First School
- Reception – to attend Coquet Park First School, The Links, Whitley Bay
- Year 1 – to attend Appletree Gardens First School, Appletree Gardens, Monkseaton
- Years 2, 3 and 4 – to attend Monkseaton High School, Seatonville Road, Monkseaton
- Woodlawn School
- Reception and Key Stage One – to attend Benton Dene School, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton
- Key Stages Two and Three and Year 10 – to attend Beacon Hill School, Rising Cottages, Wallsend
- Year 11 and post-16 – to attend Longbenton Community College, Hailsham Avenue, Longbenton
Childcare Norham day nursery at Alnwick Road, North Shields, remains closed.
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A severe flood warning has been issued to tell people to expect a month's rainfall in 24 hours, with the North East among the worst affected.
– Craig Woolhouse, The Environment Agency
"We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.
"We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous flood water and not attempting to walk or drive through it.
The Met Office issued an amber weather warning, the second highest, and the Environment Agency is warning people to start preparing for flooding.
People in Lanchester are preparing for excess surface water.
A shop owner puts a 'thank you' sign in the window after the community helped clean her shop after last week's floods.
Some shops are still closed after the floods last Thursday.
Durham County Council is advising people to call 0191 370 6000 or Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for sandbags.
North Tyneside Council has issued advice to people in the North East about what to do if rain floods homes.
Teams of council staff will patrol North Tyneside with flood defence equipment. They will monitor at risk locations.
Further advice can be found here.