Weather ‘won’t stop Tockwith Show’

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ORGANISERS of Tockwith Show have vowed to go ahead despite a string of cancelled agricultural shows due to wet weather- including Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Show.

The annual event will be held this Sunday as planned, despite torrential downpours cancelling and postponing a number of major events across the UK.

Chairman of Tockwith Show Committee, Sam Blacker, said that extra preparations had been put in place in case of bad weather at the Tockwith Show Field on Cattal Moor Lane.

He said: “We carried out an inspection of the field last week and the ground is in good condition despite the wet weather of recent weeks and the arrival of sunshine is only going to help that.

“We’re aware that entries have been slow to come in due to uncertainty about the show going ahead and we have extended the deadline for entries to July 31 – just a few days before the show on August 5.

“A lot of agricultural shows have been postponed or cancelled this year and we are keeping an eye on things but we are feeling positive and keeping our fingers crossed.

“We have a contingency plan in place for the weather and also have an alternative layout for parking.”

This year, for the first time, the show will hold its very own church service, after moving the event from a Saturday to a Sunday.

The Bishop of Knaresborough, the Right Reverend James Bell, a long time supporter of the show, will lead an ecumenical service on the showground on the morning of the event.

He said he hoped it would provide an “outstanding” opportunity to bring individuals and families from surrounding communities together to worship.