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Royal Norfolk Show cancelled for only second time in peacetime

The Royal Norfolk Show has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The "unprecedented public health emergency" surrounding the coronavirus has forced the cancellation of the Royal Norfolk Show for only the second time in its history outside of wartime.

The two-day show, which attracts 85,000 visitors, was due to take place on at the beginning of July.

The last time the show was cancelled was in 2001 in response to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which affects farm animals.

Greg Smith, Chief Executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association said: “I am extremely sorry to have to announce this news and know that many people will share our disappointment."

The two-day Royal Norfolk Show attracts 85,000 visitors each year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“During this unique situation and to support Government advice, like many other major events, we have concluded that it is now impossible for us to plan safely for the show this year,”

“The welfare of our visitors, exhibitors, competitors, volunteers and staff, as well as the wider community, is our first priority so the trustees have had no option but to make this decision.”

– Greg Smith, Chief Executive, RNAA
The last time the show was cancelled was in 2001 in response to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An independent study between 2018-2019 by the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia revealed that the Royal Norfolk Show contributes around £20 million annually to the local economy.

The show organisers say they will be in touch with ticket holders, trade stands, exhibitors and suppliers as soon as possible.

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