With this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, 10-12 July, forced to close after just one day and Jason and Kylie’s reunion cancelled in Hyde Park due to a waterlogged venue, the British weather continues to wreak havoc on outdoor events.
The Showground in Harrogate had reportedly built new roads and drainage systems, but all to no avail against the onslaught from Mother Nature.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), which organises the Great Yorkshire Show, said the decision to cancel had been “heartbreaking”.
Entry fees for livestock exhibitors and events will be refunded, as will those who bought advance tickets, the organisers said.
The YAS said it would be in touch with exhibitors and sponsors about their compensation issues separately.
One exhibitor, Drew Lambert, claimed he would be out of pocket to the tune of £20,000. He told the BBC the organisers should have either “run with” the show, given the expense paid out for transport, or cancelled on the Friday before the stands went up.
This year’s show was expected to attract 135,000 visitors.
Organisers had released a statement on 9 July saying: “A final inspection of the showground confirmed that the special measures put into place during two months of contingency planning by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society will allow the show to go ahead.”
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone last week was also similarly unprepared to withstand the torrential rain, as car parking chaos led organisers to plead with visitors not to attend practice.
M-Fest at Harewood House in Yorkshire was also abandoned last Friday due to the weather.
The organiser of the Latitude Festival in Suffolk, however, was still promising the event would go ahead,12-15 July.
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