Following torrential rainfall and widespread flooding, the “immensely difficult decision” has been made to the cancel the remaining two days of the Yorkshire Show. With deluged car parks and cancelled acts disrupting today’s show, a decision has come from the Great Yorkshire Show this evening that sadly the show cannot continue, making it the first time since the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak that the show has not gone ahead.
The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the country’s biggest agricultural events of the year and a landmark event every year for Yorkshire attracting thousands of visitors from across the country. It is also a key event for the agricultural community to show off their livestock and for local businesses to promote their goods and services.
This evening, the Great Yorkshire Show website posted the news: “After 3 months of unprecedented rainfall we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Great Yorkshire Show on the evening of the first day; after suffering a further 30 minute deluge this afternoon. Sadly the car parks just did not hold up and so for health and safety reasons we simply could not continue. This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone who loves the Great Yorkshire Show and is involved in making it so special.”
It continues with a note to all visitors: “refunds will be issued for visitors who have bought tickets in advance, please send your tickets back to us with your name and address and we will organise refunds as soon as we can. Or alternatively you can keep the tickets and use them for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show.”