Great Yorkshire Show cancelled after “heartbreaking” decision

Horseboxes  stuck  in one of the car parks   at the  Great Yorkshire Show.
Horseboxes stuck in one of the car parks at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled tomorrow and Thursday due to bad weather.

The decision was not taken lightly, but after three months of “unprecedented” rainfall the car parks “did not hold up”.

Show Director, Bill Cowling, said this was the most difficult decision he’s ever had to make.

“It is heartbreaking for all concerned, our exhibitors, our visitors and, of course, our staff,” he added.

“The decision has been made because our car parks have become too muddy to use with any safety, and the safety of our visitors has to come first. We are also conscious of our neighbours and did not want to risk people parking inconsiderately in Harrogate.

“We will be refunding all those who have bought tickets in advance and talking to our exhibitors.

“We have had more rain in the last month than ever before. Our showground is robust and has held up well, but if we cannot park cars safely then to cancel is a most difficult decision, but it is the right one.”

A spokesperson for the Show added: “We are very, very disappointed, and saddened.”

“At 6.20 we had to make the decision. Sadly the car parks just did not hold up and so for health and safety reasons we simply could not continue.”

More than 130,000 visitors were expected to attend over the three days.

The 154th Show opened its doors this morning, with thousands of people descending on Harrogate, causing travel chaos on the roads.

Equine classes had already been cancelled on both Wednesday and Thursday, saying there were serious safety concerns for both horses and exhibitors.

The Red Devils also cancelled their performance.

For a full report, see this Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser.