Decision on Tockwith Show deferred

The organisers of the annual Tockwith Show have deferred for a month a final decision on whether the event – one of the largest to be held in the region - can take place in August.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:35 am
President of Tockwith Show Michelle Lee. Picture James Hardisty

Last week the Chair of the Show Committee warned that a lack of volunteer helpers could put the future of the show in doubt but, following that appeal, 20 people have offered their help.

Although the Committee welcomed that new support, they decided that more information is required about what lies ahead before making a firm commitment to hold the show this year.

Show President Michelle Lee said, although they had to be realistic about the impact of Covid, there was now room for a bit more optimism, either for this year or certainly for next year.

“I am so heartened to know that so many people in our community clearly care about the show and appreciate how important it is to the heritage of this region,” she said.

“We are all hoping that by August things will be getting back to some sort of normality.

“But we need to recognise that many people – even after having both their vaccinations – may feel cautious about attending an event with thousands of others, and it’s important that we build into the planning of the show that element of security.

“That’s why we need more information and guidance before making any final decision about this year, and of course we all need to accept that whatever is decided could well be overtaken by what happens with the pandemic during the next few months.”

The Government announced last month that from June 21, it hoped to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.

It hopes to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances.

This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where it will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection.

Last year’s show – which would have been the 75th to be held - was cancelled because of the impact of Covid, only the second time it has not taken place since the original event was held in 1945.