Great Yorkshire Show cancelled

Organisers cancel 154th show

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Weather third ever cause of Great Yorkshire Show cancellation

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.

The show has been taking place for more than 100 years. It's only ever been cancelled before because of foot and mouth disease, or war.


Packing up as Great Yorkshire Show is cancelled

Mud has made it dangerous for exhibitors and visitors to the site Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Despite bright skies the 154th show had to be called off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

For over 150 years farmers, competitor and exhibitors have gather in Harrogate to take part in the Great Yorkshire Show, but after weeks of rain this years event was called to a halt after just one day.

Organisers said it was a 'heartbreaking' decision to make.

Great Yorkshire Show cancelled

Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have decided that the show will not go on, describing the decision as 'heartbreaking'.

It is the 154th Great Yorkshire Show and it was hoped that more than 130,000 visitors would attend. Further downpours left the ground at Harrogate unsafe.

“This has been the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make. It is heartbreaking for all concerned, our exhibitors, our visitors and, of course, our staff. We will be refunding all those who have bought tickets in advance and talking to our exhibitors.”

– Show Director Bill Cowling
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