The Northumberland County Show has been cancelled for the second yr operating due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With hundreds of volunteers, rivals and merchants, the one-day agricultural occasion welcomes extra greater than 26,000 guests from throughout the North of England and Scotland.
But the show’s Chairman, Robert Raine, a farmer from East Woodburn, stated the well being and security of all guests is a precedence.
He stated: “It is with a really heavy coronary heart that we now have taken this troublesome resolution, however with one other lockdown in place and no signal of restrictions easing, we felt we couldn’t take the chance to public well being and the security of our volunteers and workers.”
The Northumberland County Show has solely been cancelled 4 occasions in its 190 yr historical past: throughout every world battle; the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001 and final yr.
Since 2013, the show has been held within the grounds and parkland surrounding Bywell Hall, close to Stocksfield.
Robert continued: “It takes a number of months of intense work to organise an occasion of this scale, however with the uncertainty of how lengthy it would take to get again to some type of normality, it’s simply not attainable to run the show this yr.
“We are deeply sorry for the frustration this may trigger, however we’re certain everybody understands that defending our group and guests is our primary precedence.”
Revealing plans for subsequent yr’s occasion, Robert added: “The Queen’s birthday celebrations subsequent yr give us the right platform to plan for an extra-special Northumberland County Show.
“In a break with custom, the Show will probably be held on Bank Holiday Friday, third June 2022. With a two yr break behind us, we’ll all have one thing very thrilling to look ahead to and will probably be completely spectacular!”