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Full refunds for Devon County Show customers

People who bought tickets for the last day of the Devon County Show will be offered a full refund.

It was the first time in its 119 year history that the show had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.

Many vehicles had to be towed out by tractors, leaving organisers with no alternative but to cancel Saturday's event.

The show's secretary, Ollie Allen, says the organisers will also now turn their attention to traders who had stalls booked for Saturday's event.

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Traders to assess financial cost of closing show early

Organisers of the Devon County Show say its too early too assess the financial cost of closing the event to the public today.

They took the decision after hundreds of motorists had to be towed from the car parks which had become a mudbath. Some traders felt there should have been better planning for the weather.

Richard Lawrence reports:

Quagmired car park puts end to Devon County Show

For the first time in its 119 year history the Devon County Show has had to be cancelled during the three day event.

Heavy rain last night combined with traffic movements today has left the public car parks quagmired. Vehicles had to be towed out by tractors leaving organisers with no alternative than to shut down the show. Seth Conway reports.

Rain stops play at Devon County Show

The final day of the Devon County Show has had to be cancelled due to bad weather at the show ground.

Organisers say heavy rain has made the on-site car parks unsafe for visitors.

Devon County Show cancelled because heavy rain has made the carparks unsafe Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway
Devon County Show cancelled because heavy rain has made the carparks unsafe Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

Organisers say decision to cancel was 'heartbreaking'

Organisers of the Devon County Show have released a statement apologising for cancelling tomorrow's event.

They say the condition of the car parks due to heavy rain jeopardised the safety of visitors, but the decision to cancel was 'heartbreaking'.

We are very sorry to have to announce that for the first time in our history that we have been forced to cancel the third day of the Show tomorrow (Saturday) in the interests of public safety.Quite exceptionally heavy rainfall immediately before and during the Show has turned the car parks into quagmires to the point where it would not be safe to allow people to park their cars.

The board of the DCAA will be meeting in due course to consider all implications of this decision including the financial implications. Further announcements will be made in due course.

It is heart breaking to have to make this decision but the appalling weather has left us with no choice. We are not the first agricultural show to have to cancel a day’s activities and we wont be the last.

We will be considering the long term implications of this and the lessons that need to be learnt in due course. For the moment our thoughts are with our visitors, exhibitors, trade stand holders, sponsors and our army of volunteers for whom this will come as a bitter disappointment.We did everything we could to improve the state of the fields but in the end the intensity of the rainfall was too much.

– Ollie Allen, Devon County Show Secretary

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Devon County Show cancelled due to heavy rain

It has been announced that the Devon County Show has been cancelled tomorrow.

As a result of heavy rain this afternoon car parks at the show ground near Exeter became waterlogged and were closed due to health and safety concerns.

It is believed to be the first time in the show's history that it has had to be cancelled due to the weather.

Devon County Show Credit: ITV West Country
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